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Modern Love’s ‘Marry My Husband’ Essay Has A Follow-Up, 1 Year After Writer’s Death

Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s husband writes of the “new future” his dying wife’s New York Times column gave him.

As she was dying of ovarian cancer last year, author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote a wrenching essay for The New York Times’ “Modern Love” column, creating what she called a “general profile” for her husband Jason to begin dating.

Rosenthal wrote that she was “facing a deadline, in this case, a pressing one. I need to say this (and say it right) while I have a) your attention, and b) a pulse.”

What followed was a dating profile and a love letter.

“He is an easy man to fall in love with,” she said of her husband of 26 years. “I did it in one day.”

The essay, “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” immediately went viral, generating hundreds of responses and becoming one of the column’s most popular pieces.

Days after the Times published the essay in March 2017, Rosenthal died at age 51.

In honor of Father’s Day, Jason Rosenthal has written his own essay for the column, recounting lessons he has learned in the year since his wife’s death.

“I am that guy,” he began in the essay, “My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me,” published Friday. He said he received countless letters from women around the world in response to his wife’s essay, which gave him “solace and even laughter” after her death.