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My Emily Dickinson

Author: Susan Howe; Eliot Weinberger
Publisher: New York : New Directions, ©2007.
Series: New Directions paperbook, 1088
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For Wallace Stevens, "Poetry is the scholar's art." Susan Howe--taking poet-scholar-critics Charles Olson, H.D., and William Carlos Williams (among others) as her guides--embodies that art in her 1985 My Emily Dickinson (winner of the Before Columbus Foundation Book Award). Howe shows ways in which earlier scholarship had shortened Dickinson's intellectual reach by ignoring the use to which she put her wide reading.  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: Susan Howe; Eliot Weinberger
ISBN: 9780811216838 0811216837
OCLC Number: 153580548
Notes: "A New Directions Book."
Description: xii, 144 p. ; 23 cm.
Series Title: New Directions paperbook, 1088
Responsibility: Susan Howe with a preface by Eliot Weinberger.

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For Wallace Stevens, "Poetry is the scholar's art." Susan Howe--taking poet-scholar-critics Charles Olson, H.D., and William Carlos Williams (among others) as her guides--embodies that art in her 1985 My Emily Dickinson (winner of the Before Columbus Foundation Book Award). Howe shows ways in which earlier scholarship had shortened Dickinson's intellectual reach by ignoring the use to which she put her wide reading. Giving close attention to the well-known poem, "My Life had stood--a Loaded Gun," Howe tracks Dickens, Browning, Emily Brontë, Shakespeare, and Spenser, as well as local Connecticut River Valley histories, Puritan sermons, captivity narratives, and the popular culture of the day. "Dickinson's life was language and a lexicon her landscape....Forcing, abbreviating, pushing, padding, subtracting, riddling, interrogating, re-writing, she pulled text from text...."

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