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Emily Dickinson’s Family’s Feuds

Friday, June 18, 2010

Lyndall Gordon reveals a new side of Emily Dickinson, one of America's most significant literary figures.

In Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds, she tells the riveting story of the Dickinson family, and digs deep into the life and work of Emily Dickinson, using letters, diaries, and legal documents, to reveal the secret behind the poet's insistent seclusion. Gordon presents a woman beyond her time who found love, spiritual sustenance, and immortality on her own terms.

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Comments [1]

Norbert Hirschhorn MD from London, England

The story Lyndall Gordon tells is a remarkable saga -- 'volcanic' indeed, using Dickinson's own word; an operatic struggle for the legacy of the poems and persona.

The diagnosis of 'epilepsy', unnecessary to the main drama, is based on Gordon's misunderstanding of 19th C pharmacotherapy (the details of which may be found in my posting to amazon.com), leading to her reinterpretation of many poems, relationships, and the very mystery of Dickinson's reclusion.

I wish the scholarship on that count had been more precise.

Jun. 29 2010 09:47 AM

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