Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds by Lyndall Gordon

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

byLyndall Gordon

Kobo ebook | February 4, 2010

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Emily Dickinson is regarded as one of the greatest poets of all time, but she has come to us as an odd and helpless woman living a life of self imposed seclusion. Lyndall Gordon sees instead a volcanic character living on her own terms and with a steely confidence in her own talent; a woman whose family feuded over a hothouse of adultery and devastating betrayal and a woman who had her own secret. After her death the fight for possession of Emily and her poetry became the feud's focus.

'Lives Like Loaded Guns has cracked one of poetry's most enduring enigmas . . . It rescues Dickinson from the image of the passive, heart-broken recluse. It is a worthy monument to a poet even more extraordinary than we realised' Olivia Cole, Financial Times

From the acclaimed biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft, T.S. Eliot, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf and Henry James.

Title:Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's FeudsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 4, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown Book GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748114521

ISBN - 13:9780748114528


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not much of an biography, more of a mishmash A lot of reserach was put into this book, but it's not great. Two be fair, it's nearly impossible to write much about someone who was a recluse, and who's family fiercely protected her privacy. The main problem with the book is that it has two separate themes- one is the attempt at a biography, and the theory that she was epileptic- a condition that was not understood at the time, and could account for her desire to remain in seclusion, and the other part of the books is about what happened to her literary estate after her death. Spolier: lots of backbiting, squabbling for control, meddling in-laws and mistresses etc. Perhaps the book would be better had it focused on one theme rather than trying to conflate the two.
Date published: 2018-04-09