Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 10, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
15 Reviews
"Lives Like Loaded Guns...reads like a fabulous detective story...[Gordon] takes us into undiscovered territory." --The Washington Post

In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother, Austin, began an adulterous love affair with the accomplished and ravishing Mabel Todd, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. Award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon tells the story of the feud that erupted-and that still continues today. Making unprecedented use of letters, diaries, and legal documents, Gordon proposes a groundbreaking new solution to 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.

The first major biography of Dickinson in nearly ten years, Lives Like Loaded Guns is a highly acclaimed story of creative genius, illicit passion, and betrayal that will forever change the way we view one of America's most important literary figures.


  

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Review: Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I opened this book knowing very little of Emily Dickinson or her family. My knowledge was that of primary school history: a reclusive poet whose feminine sex, New England residence in late victorian ... Read full review

Review: Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds

User Review  - Anne Tommaso - Goodreads

Two stars is really my fault. I was looking for a book about Emily Dickinson. Instead this is the messy story of her family in her lifetime and far beyond. According to Gordon, the events in the ... Read full review

Contents

PRIMARY SOURCES
CRITICISM BIOGRAPHY AND RELATED WORKS
ABBREVIATIONS
A POET NEXT DOOR
A STILLVOLCANOLIFE
MABELS REIGN
THE WAR BETWEEN THE HOUSES
OUTLIVING THE LEGEND
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Lyndall Gordon lives in Oxford, England. She is the author of highly acclaimed biographies of Virginia Woolf, Charlotte Bronte, T. S. Eliot, and Henry James. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Senior Research Fellow at St. Hilda's College, Oxford.

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