I've always been a history nerd and I spent some years as a history student, which meant I spent many hours with my head in previous centuries. I still do, really. Naturally, I decided to compile a list of some of my favourite crushes* from the past. The general criteria seems to be: dark, brooding, rather handsome, obvious genius, tragic, not completely loony. I've also included a sample of their work which has moved me and remained important to me throughout the years.
So here it is: my list of "Celebrity Crushes Long Deceased."
Dark and Mysterious: Tom Thomson
The Headliner: Oscar Wilde
"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
The Romantic: Frédéric Chopin
"I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness. And yet I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them."
"It is dreadful when something weighs on your mind, not to have a soul to unburden yourself to. You know what I mean. I tell my piano the things I used to tell you."
The Young Tragedy: John Keats
Tragedy certainly adds to the myth of the man once he's died (think of James Dean or Jimi Hendrix) and this factor can't be ignored when it comes to the men above. Nevertheless, the genius of these men holds its own regardless of their tragic tales. I suppose my romantic tendencies can't help but love these artists all the more because my imagination works at thinking about what else they would have produced had they lived longer.
To follow: a post about some women from history I admire!
*The notion of "crush" I have in mind when compiling this list is really the I love your brain and would follow you on Twitter if you were alive and you seemingly weren't a complete turd sort of crush, not the I have unhealthy delusions about you sort of crush. Voilà.