Amy Krouse Rosenthal could just be a writer, yet she was a life-affirming advocate. A loving mother, a wonderful wife and a person worth celebrating.
Little did anyone know of her battle with ovarian cancer up until ‘You May Want to Marry My Husband‘. Call it an essay of love or a dating profile, it had it all to turn on the waterworks. Amy Krouse Rosenthal lost her battle to cancer on March 13, after coming clean about the disease 10 days earlier. Perhaps, her way of revealing her ailment makes her passing all the more poignant. She contemplates love for her husband in her eternal absence and in her departure leaves a void too deep. Here are a few lesser known facts about the prolific writer.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal – Writer
A graduate of Tufts University, Rosenthal has had her fair share of run ins with multiple fields. When she realized that a major in French won’t take her far, she took to advertising. Subsequently, she developed a flair for writing and found her niche. Even though she wrote books that cater to adults, it was indeed her books for children that brought her the fame. Books like Little Pea and Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life find themselves in the bookshelves of myriads of children and adults alike.
Whenever Amy could get time off her writing schedule, she saved it for making short films. Also, she shot them all using an iPhone or a Flip video camera. Her introspective work – ‘17 Things I Made‘ – appealed to critics and audience alike. For her eighteenth thing, she invited people over to a park too. She later termed the event as ‘magical’ and ‘meaningful’.
Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal
One of Amy’s projects in her final days was Textbook, a book on the mundanities and bewilderment of ordinary life. In her book, Amy asked the readers to text her a message. Needless to say, the response was overwhelming. Amy printed the messages and put them in a bottle, finally leaving them into the ocean. By this, she connected with people and their convictions.
Blind Date and Marriage
In ‘You May Want to Marry My Husband‘, she writes a great deal about the incidents that brought her to Jason Rosenthal. An uncle of hers knew Jason and set her up on a blind date. Amy saw a husband in Jason at the end of that date, but they married a year later. Quaintly as she puts it in her prose, Jason was the best thing to ever happen for her – an extraordinary one.
You May Want to Marry My Husband
In her dying hours, Amy wrote a prose which is – as she puts it – not from her usual prowess. However, it’s nothing shy of a magnificent work. After it got published in The New York Times on March 3, millions have seen it and went suckers for it. Even in death, she stood for something far too profound, perhaps, something larger than life.