Thursday, 26 May 2011

Unitarians in the arts

There are many famous Unitarian poets and writers. Examples include:
  • Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
  • Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
  • e. e. cummings (1894-1962)
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)
  • Edith Holden (1871-1920)
  • Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
  • Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)
  • Kurt Vonnegut
You have to be careful with lists of famous Unitarians, because sometimes they claim people who stopped being Unitarian part-way through their lives (like Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas Stearns Eliot).

The Poetry Chaikhana recently featured a poem by someone who is not on the usual Unitarian lists: Edmond Bordeaux Székely, although he was the grandson of Sándor Székely, a Transylvanian Unitarian bishop, who was himself a poet, and is buried in Cluj (Kolozsvár).

There are three poems by Edmond Bordeaux Székely at the Poetry Chaikhana site:


  1. Another who has fallen out of favour is Samuel Rogers.
    I think it is fair to include people who have created works during the phase of their life that they were Unitarians. That would include some of Coleridge's poems, for example.

  2. Yes, it's fair to include them, but it should be stated that they stopped being Unitarians at some point. I haven't come across Samuel Rogers - I will Google him.

  3. You can access the poems of Samuel Rogers at Project Gutenberg, but I am not surprised they have lapsed into obscurity - they are not my cup of tea, I'm afraid!