Portraits of the Authors as Young and Old (Wo)Men

Edith Wharton (phone pictures) Mark Twain (phone picture) Charlotte Perkins Gilman (phone picture) Nathaniel Hawthorne (phone picture)

I had the fortune of the day off from my internship today and spent it at the National Portrait Gallery. In between exhibits feature the portraits of modern-day, common people, Civil War generals, and political figures were portraits of beloved (and not so beloved) American writers. Henry James, of course, being the exception to this having been born in New York City but becoming a British citizen the year before his death in 1916.

I instagramed the eight that I found and recognized in the museum with the reminder to myself to read the works of those whose portraits I photographed but have yet to experience in the written form. Seeing these faces was a rather interesting experience. I never expected the ever so dark and twisted Edgar Allan Poe to be quite so dashing.

Top, clockwise: Edith Wharton, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Nathaniel Hawthorne and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Bottom, clockwise: Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry James, and Toni Morrison.

Edgar Allen Poe (phone picture) Harriet Beecher Stowe (phone picture) Toni Morrison (phone picture) Henry James (phone picture)

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