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

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An amazing story. The protagonist is a woman even more remarkable than Emily Dickinson (my favorite poet), Mabel Loomis Todd, Emily's brother's mistress for the last 12 years of his life. The ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

An amazing story. The protagonist is a woman even more remarkable than Emily Dickinson (my favorite poet), Mabel Loomis Todd, Emily's brother's mistress for the last 12 years of his life. 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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