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Friday, 20 August 2010

The writers behind the businesswoman

Elizabeth Arden was the business name adopted by Florence Nightingale Graham, the Canadian businesswoman who built a cosmetics empire in the United States. She took the name Elizabeth Arden by combining the names of her previous business partner -Elizabeth Hubbard- and the poem Enoch Arden, written by the British poet Lord Alfred Tennyson. Her name is also related to a place made popular by another writer called Washington Irving.

* Lord Tennyson's Enoch Arden

Enoch Arden was published in 1864. The story on which it was based was provided to Tennyson by Thomas Woolner. The hero of the poem was a fisherman and sailor called Enoch Arden, who leaves his wife Annie and three children to go to sea.  However during his voyage he is shipwrecked and remains lost and missing for ten years. When he returns, he finds that, after his long absence, his wife, who believed him dead, is married happily to another man, his childhood friend Philip, and has a child by him.
Tragically Enoch does not ever reveal to his wife and children that he is really alive, and dies of a broken heart.

* Washignton Irving's Sleepy Hollow

Arden died in New York City in 1966 and was buried in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery under the name Elizabeth N. Graham. Sleepy Hollow is a village New York, United States. It was originally known as North Tarrytown and it was given its current name in 1996 to honour the short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, written by Washington Irving.
In 1999 Sleepy Hollow was made into a film, whose name in Spanish was La leyenda del jinete sin cabeza. The movie was directed by Tim Burton. Johnny Depp starred as Ichabod Crane while Christopher Walken played the Headless Horseman.  

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