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

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Penguin, Jun 10, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother Austin began a passionate love affair with Mabel Todd, a young Amherst faculty wife, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. The feud that erupted as a result has continued for over a century. Lyndall Gordon, an award-winning biographer, tells the riveting story of the Dickinsons, and reveals Emily as a very different woman from the pale, lovelorn recluse that exists in the popular imagination. Thanks to unprecedented use of letters, diaries, and legal documents, Gordon digs deep into the life and work of Emily Dickinson, to reveal the secret behind the poet's insistent seclusion, and presents a woman beyond her time who found love, spiritual sustenance, and immortality all on her own terms. An enthralling story of creative genius, filled with illicit passion and betrayal, Lives Like Loaded Guns is sure to cause a stir among Dickinson's many devoted readers and scholars.
 

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User Review  - hereandthere - LibraryThing

This is a great, great book. I suggest stopping what you are doing now and reading it instead. I had not the slightest interest in Emily Dickinson until a few years ago, around the age of 50, or ... Read full review

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I just finished the biog about Emily Dickinson by Lyndall Gordon, Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds. I'm calling this book "uneven" and giving it 4 stars. For whatever ... Read full review

Contents

A POET NEXT DOOR
A STILL VOLCANO LIFE
The First Family
A Scientific Education
Sister
Wife Without the Sign
Snarl in the Brain
Telling
Emilys Stand
Lady Macbeth of Amherst
Mabel in Excelsis
THE WAR BETWEEN THE HOUSES
Lavinias Stand
The Trial
Defeats of the First Generation
Two Daughters

Romancing Judge Lord
Split in the Family
MABELS REIGN
The Battle of the Daughters
Posthumous Campaigns
Copyright

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Lyndall Gordon is a British writer and academic popular for her literary biographies on notable persons such as Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Charlotte Brontė, and T. S. Eliot. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cape Town and later went on to graduate with a doctorate from Columbia University in New York City. Her work has earned her many awards, including the British Academy’s Rose Mary Crawshay Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Cheltenham Prize for Literature. Gordon is now a Senior Research Fellow at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.

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