The Life of Emily Dickinson, Volumes 1-2

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Harvard University Press, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 821 pages
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Winner of the National Book Award, this massively detailed biography throws a light into the study of the brilliant poet. How did Emily Dickinson, from the small window over her desk, come to see a life that included the horror, exaltation and humor that lives her poetry? With abundance and impartiality, Sewall shows us not just the poet nor the poetry, but the woman and her life.
  

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User Review  - kcshankd - LibraryThing

750 pages later and we are left wondering at the stranger upstairs, listening through the door, slightly ajar. The biographer approaches Dickinson through time and place, presenting a thorough image ... Read full review

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Excellent! A must read for any Dickinson fan! Read full review

Contents

THE PROBLEM OF THE BIOGRAPHER
3
Forebears and Family
15
THE NEW ENGLAND DICKINSONS AND THE PURITAN HERITAGE 77
17
SAMUEL FOWLER DICKINSON
28
EDWARD DICKINSON
44
EMILY NORCROSS DICKINSON
74
WILLIAM AUSTIN DICKINSON
97
LAVINIA NORCROSS DICKINSON
128
EARLY FRIENDSHIPS I
368
EARLY FRIENDSHIPS II
400
BROTHER AND SISTER
428
io CHARLES WADSWORTH
444
SAMUEL BOWLES
463
THE MASTER LETTERS 572
512
THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON
532
HELEN HUNT JACKSON
577

War between the Houses
157
EARLY HOSTILITIES
161
MABEL LOOMIS TODD AND AUSTIN 770
170
AUSTINS MARRIAGE
186
SUSAN AND EMILY
197
MABEL AND AUSTIN 275
215
LAST PHASE OF THE QUARREL AND A LATE VIEW OF SUSAN
229
THE DICKINSON RHETORIC AND THE STRUCTURE OF A LIFE 255
235
Appendixes for Volume
245
Vinnie as Stylist Mimic Reader and Poet
247
Documents
252
References for Volume One
303
CHILDHOOD
321
SCHOOLING
335
DR AND MRS JOSIAH GILBERT HOLLAND
593
THE NORCROSS COUSINS
626
OTIS PHILLIPS LORD
642
BOOKS AND READING
668
THE POET
706
Appendixes for Volume
727
Charles Wadsworth as Husband Father and Poet
729
Selections from the Springfield Republican 185862
742
A Note on the Missing Correspondences
750
References for Volume Two
753
Bibliography
785
Index of First Lines
791
Index
799
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About the author (1994)

Richard B. Sewall was Professor of English at Yale University.

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