Once said by “Louisa May Alcott” about being married, ‘I’d rather be a free spinster and paddle my own canoe. ‘ Many great writers have said that solitude is important for writing. There are authors who followed this through their lifetime, either because they didn’t want to be confined to life of marriage or because they loved their life of solitude. Here are seven authors who never got married:
List of Authors Who Stayed Unmarried For Life:
Jane Austen is the master of writing about love and romance. However, unlike her characters she never got married and stayed unmarried for life. Austen actually had several suitors and a few marriage proposals. She was even engaged once, but she broke off the engagement after being engaged for one day. The reasons behind her decision to remain single are unclear but some speculate that she did not want to give up her writing, money or success to married life and chose to make decisions that allowed her to have her career and autonomy.
Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott authored the famous book Little Women. Just like Jo March, Alcott was independent and earning her own living in mid-19th century when it was considered wildly unconventional. Alcott had no desire to get married and she wanted the same for Jo March, a fictional version of herself. Unfortunately her publisher insisted that she marry Jo off at the end of her book and that is the end we all know today.
Emily Dickinson, one of the greatest poets and stayed unmarried for life. In her later life Dickinson was known to be reclusive so it is not a surprise that she never got married. Many of the scholars still continue to research and speculate about Dickinson’s romantic life. They particularly research about ‘Master Letters’ which are three drafts of passionate letters Dickinson wrote to an unidentified person addressed in letters as ‘Master’.
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau, author of transcendentalist books as Walden and Civil Disobedience, never got married. Thoreau had an adversary viewpoints on everything from paying to taxes to traditional marriage. He liked to live in his quiet solitude in the nature and explore it.
Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights, which is a novel full of passion and love that is twisted and frightening, never got married nor knew romantic love. Emily is said to be shyest of the Brontë sisters. She was happiest in her own company or with her sister Anne.
Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen was one of the famous writers of fairy tales. He is the writer of fairy tales such as, The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and The Princess and The Pea among others. Andersen stayed unmarried for life however, he had experienced many cases of unrequited love.
The Pulitzer Prize winning author of To Kill A Mocking Bird, Harper Lee also stayed unmarried for life. In her lifetime Lee published two novels, To Kill A Mocking Bird in 1960 and Go Set A Watchmen in 2015. There have been many speculations about her sexual orientation, whether she was gay, bi sexual or straight but no one knows this for a fact as Lee wanted this hidden from the public.