September 15, 2007

Author's Ridge

In Concord's Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is an area called Author's Ridge. Here, the graves of four American literary and philosophical giants are to be found.

Louisa May Alcott is best known as the author of Little Women. Very little of this woman remains here.
Ralph Waldo Emerson's marker is a huge rose quartz boulder with a bronze plaque. At the Concord Museum one can see a great number of his artifacts, including his entire study. A naturalist, author and world traveler, I have a great deal of respect for the man. He has long since rejoined the local ecology in the most intimate manner possible.
Henry David Thoreau's marker is among the simplest in the cemetery. Another naturalist and philosopher with a wicked sense of humor, one of my favorite quotes of his is:
Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.
Surely words to live by.
The grave of Nathaniel Hawthorne, an author who holds a special place in my heart. Without him, we probably would have had no Poe, no Lovecraft, and modern horror literature would be very different. There might not be any cheesy horror flicks without him, and then what would I do when I wanted to put a stop to the spinning of the creaky wheels in my head? Thank you, Nathaniel Hawthorne, for being the intellectual ancestor of Night of the Living Dead and I Bury the Living

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