My Emily Dickinson

bySusan HoweIntroduction byEliot Weinberger

November 15, 2007|
My Emily Dickinson by Susan Howe
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For Wallace Stevens, "Poetry is the scholar''s art." Susan Howe—taking the poet-scholar-critics Charles Olson, H.D., and William Carlos Williams (among others) as her guides—embodies that art in her 1985My Emily Dickinson (winner of the Before Columbus Foundation Book Award). Howe shows ways in which earlier scholarship had shortened Dickinson''s intellectual reach by ignoring the use to which she put her wide reading. Giving close attention to the well-known poem, "My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun," Howe tracks Dickens, Browning, Emily Brontë, Shakespeare, and Spenser, as well as local Connecticut River Valley histories, Puritan sermons, captivity narratives, and the popular culture of the day. "Dickinson''s life was language and a lexicon her landscape. Forcing, abbreviating, pushing, padding, subtracting, riddling, interrogating, re-writing, she pulled text from text...."

Susan Howe has won the Bollingen Prize, the Frost Medal, and the Griffin Award. She is the author of such seminal works as Debths, That This, The Midnight, My Emily Dickinson, The Quarry, and The Birthmark . Eliot Weinberger is an essayist, editor, and translator. He lives in New York City.
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Title:My Emily Dickinson
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:160 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:160 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.5 in
Published:November 15, 2007
Publisher:New Directions Publishing
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780811216838

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