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Lives like loaded guns : Emily Dickinson and her family's feuds

Author: Lyndall Gordon
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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This volume tells the story of a feud that erupted within the family of American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) and that still continues today. Making use of letters, diaries, and legal documents, the author reveals the secret behind the poet's insistent seclusion, presenting a woman beyond her time who found love, spirituality, and immortality all on her own terms. In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother Austin began  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lyndall Gordon
ISBN: 9780670021932 0670021938
OCLC Number: 463307679
Description: xvii, 491 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table, map, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: A poet next door --
'A still --
volcano --
life.' The first family --
A scientific education --
Sister --
'Wife without the sign' --
'Snarl in the brain' --
Telling --
Romancing Judge Lord --
Split in the family --
Mabel's reign. Emily's stand --
Lady Macbeth of Amherst --
Mabel in Excelsis --
The war between the houses. Lavinia's stand --
The trial --
Defeats of the first generation --
Two daughters --
The battle of the daughters --
Posthumous campaigns --
Outliving the legend.
Responsibility: Lyndall Gordon.
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This volume tells the story of a feud that erupted within the family of American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) and that still continues today. Making use of letters, diaries, and legal documents, the author reveals the secret behind the poet's insistent seclusion, presenting a woman beyond her time who found love, spirituality, and immortality all on her own terms. In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother Austin began a passionate love affair with Mabel Todd, a young Amherst faculty wife, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. The feud that erupted as a result has continued for over a century. The author tells the story of the Dickinson family and reveals Emily to be a very different woman from the pale, lovelorn recluse that exists in the popular imagination. The first half is an account of American poet Emily Dickinson's life. The second half deals with the complicated and vicious in-fighting that followed her death.

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