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

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

by Lyndall Gordon

Viking Adult | October 30, 2012 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 512 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.57 in

Published: October 30, 2012

Publisher: Viking Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670021938

ISBN - 13: 9780670021932

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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

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

by Lyndall Gordon

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 512 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.57 in

Published: October 30, 2012

Publisher: Viking Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670021938

ISBN - 13: 9780670021932

About the Book

From the author of "Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft," a "New York Times" Notable Book, comes a startling portrayal of one of America's most significant literary figures that will change the way readers view her life and legacy.

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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.

About the Author

Lyndall Gordon is the author of Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft, a New York Times Notable Book; Virginia Woolf: A Writer''s Life, winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography; as well as biographies of T.S. Eliot and Charlotte Bronte. She is a senior research fellow at St. Hilda''s College in Oxford, England.

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" Lives Like Loaded Guns ...reads like a fabulous detective story, replete with hidden treasure, diabolical adversaries and a curse from one generation to the next...Gordon is fair to all...revealing their strengths and liabilities, and she corrects some of the inconsistencies of earlier biographies..."Abyss has no biographer," Dickinson warned future readers. But Gordon is not frightened of the pits and traps and the thousand masks that Emily wears. She takes us into undiscovered territory." - The Washington Post "Fascinating...[Gordon] shatters the Dickinson myth, revealing for the first time the twisted tale of how Dickinson came to be revered as "a harmless homebody shut off from live to suffer and contemplate a disappointment in love."...Brilliant literary detective work...Uncovering the mystery of why the mischievous, sensible creature who emerges from this biography hid from the world is where Gordon hits her stride...Gordon catches the poet''s essence, allowing us the closest, most thrilling insights yet into the volcanic genius of Amherst." - The Chicago Tribune "The portrait of Emily Dickinson that emerges from this book is far more intriguing than the one I and no doubt many others have been carrying around in our head. Banished, the wisp of a girl in white flitting through the 19th- century gloom. Gone, the disappointed spinster with some ophthalmic abnormality. Erased, the "harmless homebody...shut off from life." And in their place a strange, seething creature f
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