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Emily Dickinson

A Biography

by Connie Ann Kirk

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June 2004

Greenwood

Pages 216
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics The Arts/General
Description

Using updated scholarship and never before published primary research, this new biography peels away the myths surrounding Emily Dickinson and takes a fresh look at the complex and busy life of this genius of American letters. As a research tool, the volume is also useful for its explanation of current nomenclature for the poems, mysteries and controversies, and the poet's influence on American poetry and culture.

Emily Dickinson saw fewer than a dozen of her poems published in her lifetime, but she has since become one of the most revered and beloved of all American poets. As a shy woman living in 19th century New England, Dickinson wrote about large subjects through close observation of small, everyday details. After her death, her sister found more than 1,775 poems and solicited help in seeing them into print. Dickinson preferred to live most of her life at home among those she loved, but over time, some of the more unusual facts of her life became mythologized and distorted. Using updated scholarship and never before published primary research, this new biography peels away the myths surrounding Emily Dickinson and takes a fresh look at the complex and busy life of this genius of American letters.

As a research tool, the volume is also useful for its explanation of current nomenclature for the poems, mysteries and controversies, and the poet's influence on American poetry and culture. A chronology is set alongside significant historical and cultural events of the period. Also included are locations of major holdings for Dickinson study, a listing of poems published in her lifetime, and a full bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Ancestry, Early Life, and Family
Education, Religion, and Early Friendships
"For Occupation -This -": The Poet at Home
"Her Travels Daily Be": Traveling Near and Far
A Poets Reading
The "Flood" Years and the Civil War
To Print or Publish?
Later Years, Last Days
The Fluid Text and the Problem of Editing
Mysteries and Controversies
"An Amethyst Remembrance": Dickinson's Reception and Legacy
Appendix A: Chronology and Historical Context Timeline
Appendix B: Family Tree
Appendix C: List of Poems Published in the Poet's Lifetime
Appendix D: Index of First Lines of Emily Dickinson Poems
Appendix E: Selected Reading of Emily Dickinson
Appendix F: Important Places and Holdings in Dickinson Studies
Bibliography

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