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Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

'You may want to marry my husband' Chicago essayist dead at 51

'You may want to marry my husband' Chicago essayist dead at 51

The Chicago-native authored more than two dozen children's book in her career and more recently penned a heartbreaking essay in the New York Times last week offering up her husband Jason to future suitors before passing away from ovarian cancer. Written in the style of a dating profile for her husband, Jason Rosenthal, the essay was a poignant love letter to the man she fell head over heels for during a blind date almost three decades ago. It's already one of the Times' most popular "Modern Love" columns ever, said Dan Jones, who edits the column. There is so much more that Rosenthal still has to give to the world - to the new readers who may only just have come to her books, to devoted readers like Paulette who will continue revisiting her work and learning more from it each time, and to the children who can grow up reading her inspiring and "spirit-lifting" stories.

The essay was structured as a dating profile for Jason, Rosenthal's husband of 26 years. In 2008, she united hundreds of strangers at the Bean in her hometown of Chicago for a gathering that served as part of the project she called "The Beckoning of Lovely".

Amy Krouse Rosenthal would have written this piece about her death better than I or anyone else can.

Chicago author Amy Krouse Rosenthal - whose essay titled "You May Want to Marry My Husband" touched millions of readers - died Monday morning, her longtime literary agent and friend, Amy Rennert, confirms to PEOPLE.

Amy made short films and videos, staged public events, hosted radio shows, wrote more than 30 books.

Rosenthal was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015.

"She was one of our most brilliant, creative, passionate authors who had an fantastic way of turning ideas upside down in wonderful ways, and a gift for taking a handful of words and putting them together in a creative, unexpected way", the publisher said. "I did it in one day".

"I didn't know exactly what she was composing", Jason said in a statement released regarding The New York Times article. Kiss my mother?. How many more times will I hold my purse up to my ear to see if it's my cell phone that's ringing.... It didn't take long for her essay to go viral online. It's a similar shock and sadness as when I heard that Prince and Alan Rickman died.they way many others felt about David Bowie or Carrie Fisher.

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