If Famous Authors Attempted Online Dating

Whether you can write romantic prose or not, the course of online dating never did run smooth.

Below you’ll find the imagined dating profiles of Jane Austen, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie, William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and Lucy Maud Montgomery. The text majority  is comprised of quotes from the authors themselves. 


I’ve come here with no expectations. I wish as well as everybody else to be happy; but like everybody else, it must be in my own way.

All I want in a man is someone who rides bravely, dances beautifully, sings with vigor, reads passionately, and whose taste agrees in every point with my own.

Only the deepest love will persuade me into matrimony which is why I’ll end up an old maid. However, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.

What is your favorite compliment that you have received?  

Obstinate, headstrong girl.

Favorite date. . .

There is nothing like staying home for real comfort.

My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation. I do not want people to be very agreeable as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.


I am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size). I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and I like good plain food. . . I go to bed late and get up late (when possible).

I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone. So I thought I’d try here.

After all, there is nothing like looking if you want to find something.

Would you like to be the one I call my precious?

How would you show a date a good time?

Second breakfast. I believe if most of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

Can you cook?

Yes. Po-ta-toes! Boil ‘em. Mash ‘em. Stick ‘em in a stew.

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Broken man, but aren’t we all?

Ideal relationship

We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.

Five things I couldn’t live without

  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Paris
  • Gin martini
  • I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?

Cat or dog person?

Cat. A cat has absolute emotional honesty. Human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings but a cat does not.


Very few of us are what we seem.

For example: everyone is a potential murderer—in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill—though not the will to kill. That’s not to say that I believe everyone is bad. So many people seem to me not to be either bad or good, but simply, you know, very silly.

Perhaps though, it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.

Cat or dog person?

I suppose I would be a dog person because dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.

You should contact me if…

  • You have a profile picture.
  • You will subject yourself to a background check.
  • Most important, the little gray cells are working.

And then there were none.


Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more.

If you were mine, I would compare thee to a summer’s day. I would not wish any companion in the world but you. I [would] wear my heart upon my sleeve. I [would] love thee with a love that shall not die, till the sun grows cold, and the stars grow old. I’d follow you and make heaven out of hell, and I’d die by your hand, which I love so well.

For my bounty is a boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.

You could doubt the stars are fire; doubt the sun doth move; doubt truth to be a liar; but never doubt I love.

The only thing left to question is “Are we to be, or not to be?”

Aside: I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it.

What is your life motto? 

Live, love, and let be.

Describe past relationships. 

Regardless of endings, whether you love me or hate me, both are in my favor. . . If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart. . . If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind. Let me say this: The course of true love never did run smooth.

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I am a writer. Therefore. I am not sane. Nor do I pretend to be.

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious—whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought—from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.

Still, better for you to believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.

Ideal date

A poetry reading. For me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.

Cat or dog person?



What I know about myself really isn’t worth telling, but if you let me tell you what I imagine about myself you’d find it a lot more interesting.

As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted. I do know my own mind. The trouble is. . . The trouble is, my mind changes and then I have to get acquainted with it all over again.

What I’m looking for in a mate is. . .

I wouldn’t want to marry anybody who was wicked, but I think I’d like it if he could be wicked and wouldn’t.

Cat or dog person?

Cats. I love them, they are so nice and selfish. Dogs are too good and unselfish. They make me feel uncomfortable. But cats are gloriously human.

We’re on pins and needles! Share your most absurd date in a comment below.



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  1. As a multi-published author of the Lilly Long historical mystery series and many others, I have to say this was fabulous! Clever and spot-on. I’m sharing this with my Facebook followers. I think they’ll get a kick out of it too! Kudos to your blogger!

  2. I just shared this with my friend who is a high school English teacher and adores Poe. It would make a great assignment for her students to write dating profiles for characters. Romeo and Juliet? Hamlet? Thanks for a fun read.

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