February 12, 2013—Explore Valentine’s Day through the Harvard Library collection:
“Reading improves the mind, they say. Are you fond of reading, pray?” A pick-up line from a 19th-century parlor game at Houghton Library.
"If you find that your heart is mine, I will be the happiest man in the world," from a love letter at Schlesinger Library.
"Be mine, you nasty and ugly and crabbed old scold," from a collection of rare 19th-century hand-drawn valentines at Houghton Library.
Bachelor Doctor, Love Calls the Doctor, A Doctor's Affair—just a few titles from the Schlesinger’s collection of best-selling medical romances by Elizabeth Seifert.
"I shall ever be your dearest love," wrote John Keats to Fanny Brawne during their star-crossed romance.
"The meanest reptile on earth," claimed the plaintiff's attorney in an 1818 trial of a runaway groom.