January 2011 Luncheon Meeting

  • 01/14/2011
  • 11:30 AM
  • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago


Registration is closed
Speaker:  Dan Crawford

“Flower Power: An ‘R’-Rated Journey, from 18th Century Turkish Harems to the 19th Century British Educational System, and Beyond”

Since humans first walked the earth, folklore has been filled with flowers and herbs used for secret communication. Ophelia to Laertes: “These rosemary, that's for remembrance, pray love....remember...” (Hamlet Act 4, Scene 5.) Caxton General Manager Dan Crawford's talk will include (1) the truth about repressed, boring 18th century Turkish harem life, with its romantic stories of escape and secret code of flowers, (2) 19th century Britain's embrace of flower language, allowing a restrained Victorian to communicate ardent feelings in a veiled way, (3) the huge part played in this bit of history by a truly incredible 18th century British woman, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and her graphic published work: Turkish Embassy Letters. Other stories involve Alexander Pope, Queen Victoria, Edgar Allen Poe, Jean Auguste Ingres, Agatha Christie, FTD, and the 1945 Dutch shipment to Canada of thousands of red tulip bulbs: (“I am on fire with love for you”).

Luncheon buffet (in the main dining room on
six) opens at 11:30 am.  Program (in a different room, to be announced)


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710