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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Woman of Mystery--Emily Dickinson

It is well-known that Emily Dickinson lived as a recluse. The reasons for her reclusiveness are the subject of much speculation and over the years books, plays, and screenplays have been written putting forth various theories. A new film is coming out titled A Quiet Passion, and in an article about Dickinson and the film, novelist William Nicholson wrote,
Did she suffer from acute social anxiety, or epilepsy, or bipolar disorder? Was she lesbian, a proto-feminist, a religious radical, a sexual pioneer? The poems support almost every theory and feed almost every taste.
Doesn't that want to make you look again at the poetry of Emily Dickinson? You can find her poems in:

Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson. [811 DIC]

I'm Nobody! Who Are You?: Poems of Emily Dickinson for Children. [J 811 DIC]

New Poems of Emily Dickinson. [811 DIC]

Individual Dickinson poems may be found in hundreds of anthologies!

To learn about Dickinson and her family, look for The Dickinsons of Amherst by Jerome Liebling [B DIC] or either of these similarly titled books. Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds by Lyndall Gordon [B DIC] or A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century by Jerome Charyn [B DIC]. Or, pick up this titillating one, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia [809 PAG].

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