Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 12, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
White Heat is the first book to portray the remarkable relationship between America's most beloved poet and the fiery abolitionist who first brought her work to the public.
As the Civil War raged, an unlikely friendship was born between the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a literary figure who ran guns to Kansas and commanded the first Union regiment of black soldiers. When Dickinson sent Higginson four of her poems he realized he had encountered a wholly original genius; their intense correspondence continued for the next quarter century. In White Heat Brenda Wineapple tells an extraordinary story about poetry, politics, and love, one that sheds new light on her subjects and on the roiling America they shared.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kcshankd - LibraryThing
Nice complement to the Sewall biography. Higginson is an amazing figure in his own right, even without the relationship with Dickinson. I especially loved the description of Emily's funeral. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Your_local_coyote - LibraryThing
Engrossing. Brenda has a way of making non-fiction come alive. She is masterful in combining Dickinson's poetry and Higginson's prose in an intriguing and thoughtful manner. Read full review
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White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson
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