By: Dorothy Cozart
American authors have not always written about American subjects. As a matter of fact, early American writers usually imitated the English and other Europeans in style as well as subject, and rehashed old-world themes. I was not until Ralph Waldo Emerson and other American critics began asking their fellow Americans to write honestly and originally about subjects they knew best that writers began to look at the daily lives of the ordinary Americans around them. It was only natural, therefore, that when American authors began taking Emerson’s advice, quilting bees would be among the subjects written about. And, although the focus changed as social conditions changed, American authors writing drama, fiction and poetry, have continued to include quilts in their writing to the present day.