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

Author: Lyndall Gordon
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2011. ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother, Austin, began an adulterous love affair with a young Amherst faculty wife, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. Award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon tells the riveting story of the feud that erupted--and still continues today. Making unprecedented use of letters, diaries, and legal documents, Gordon proposes a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lyndall Gordon
ISBN: 9780143119142 0143119141
OCLC Number: 681497238
Description: xvii, 491 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, genealogical table ; 22 cm
Contents: The first family --
A scientific education --
Sister --
'Wife without the sign' --
'Snarl in the brain' --
Telling --
Romancing Judge Lord --
Split in the family --
Emily's stand --
Lady Macbeth of Amherst --
Mabel in Excelsis --
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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In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother, Austin, began an adulterous love affair with a young Amherst faculty wife, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. Award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon tells the riveting story of the feud that erupted--and still continues today. Making unprecedented use of letters, diaries, and legal documents, Gordon proposes a groundbreaking solution to explain the poet's insistent seclusion, presenting a woman beyond her time who found love, spiritual sustenance, and immortality all on her own terms.

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