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Title:
Emily Dickinson : a biography
Author:
Kirk, Connie Ann.
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Publication Information:
Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, [2004]

©2004
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xxvii, 176 pages ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780313322068
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Book

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Summary

Using updated scholarship and never before published primary research, this new biography peels away the myths surrounding Emily Dickinson and takes a fresh look at the complex and busy life of this genius of American letters. As a research tool, the volume is also useful for its explanation of current nomenclature for the poems, mysteries and controversies, and the poet's influence on American poetry and culture.

Emily Dickinson saw fewer than a dozen of her poems published in her lifetime, but she has since become one of the most revered and beloved of all American poets. As a shy woman living in 19th century New England, Dickinson wrote about large subjects through close observation of small, everyday details. After her death, her sister found more than 1,775 poems and solicited help in seeing them into print. Dickinson preferred to live most of her life at home among those she loved, but over time, some of the more unusual facts of her life became mythologized and distorted. Using updated scholarship and never before published primary research, this new biography peels away the myths surrounding Emily Dickinson and takes a fresh look at the complex and busy life of this genius of American letters.

As a research tool, the volume is also useful for its explanation of current nomenclature for the poems, mysteries and controversies, and the poet's influence on American poetry and culture. A chronology is set alongside significant historical and cultural events of the period. Also included are locations of major holdings for Dickinson study, a listing of poems published in her lifetime, and a full bibliography of primary and secondary sources.


Author Notes

CONNIE ANN KIRK is an author and independent scholar specializing in American and children's literature and the poet, Emily Dickinson. Her books from Greenwood Press include: J.K. Rowling: A Biography , Emily Dickinson: A Biography , Mark Twain: A Biography , Sylvia Plath: A Biography , and The Companion to American Children's Picture Books .


Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Timeline: Chronology & Historical Contextp. xiii
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 Ancestry, Early Life, and Familyp. 9
Chapter 3 Education, Religion, and Early Friendshipsp. 27
Chapter 4 "For Occupation - This -": The Poet at Homep. 43
Chapter 5 "Her Travels daily be": Traveling Near and Farp. 57
Chapter 6 A Poet's Readingp. 71
Chapter 7 The "Flood" Years and the Civil Warp. 77
Chapter 8 To Print or Publish?p. 87
Chapter 9 Later Years, Last Daysp. 93
Chapter 10 "Fluid Text" and the Problem of Editingp. 115
Chapter 11 Myths, Mysteries, and Controversiesp. 121
Chapter 12 "An Amethyst Remembrance": Dickinson's Reception and Legacyp. 131
Appendixes
Appendix A Family Treep. 145
Appendix B List of Poems Published in the Poet's Lifetimep. 149
Appendix C Index of First Lines of Dickinson Poemsp. 151
Appendix D Selected Reading of Emily Dickinsonp. 153
Appendix E Important Places and Holdings in Dickinson Studiesp. 155
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 169