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Emily Dickinson is best known as an intensely private, even reclusive writer. Yet the way she has been mythologised has meant her work is often misunderstood. This introduction delves behind the myth to present a poet who was deeply engaged with the issues of her day. In a lucid and elegant style, the book places her life and work in the historical context of the Civil WarEmily Dickinson is best known as an intensely private, even reclusive writer. Yet the way she has been mythologised has meant her work is often misunderstood. This introduction delves behind the myth to present a poet who was deeply engaged with the issues of her day. In a lucid and elegant style, the book places her life and work in the historical context of the Civil War, the suffrage movement, and the rapid industrialisation of the United States. Wendy Martin explores the ways in which Dickinson's personal struggles with romantic love, religious faith, friendship and community shape her poetry. The complex publication history of her works, as well as their reception, is teased out, and a guide to further reading is included. Dickinson emerges not only as one of America's finest poets, but also as a fiercely independent intellect and an original talent writing poetry far ahead of her time....

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ISBN : 9780521672702
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 148 Pages
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The Cambridge Introduction to Emily Dickinson Reviews

  • Deborah Markus
    2019-02-18 11:49

    I'm working on a YA novel involving a serial killer and one heck of a lot of Emily Dickinson references. (No, I'm not writing Dickinson into the role of serial killer. Sorry. That's too weird even for me.)Anyway. I checked this out from the library because I'm reading a full-length biography of ED and it's good but a little overwhelmingly analytical at times. I wanted a good brief overview. I figured this book would be a basic, even generic look at Dickinson's life and workI was kind of a judgmental jerk, it turns out. This book is a great brief overview, and it's anything but generic. I learned so much, and I'm everlastingly grateful to Wendy Martin for tipping me off to what I'll call Dickinson's Irish connection. It gave me an idea for a future YA novel.If you're interested in Dickinson's life or work but don't want to make a career out of learning about her, or have always wondered why different collections have different versions of what's supposedly the same Dickinson poem, read this book. (Yes, I took a long time to finish it, but only because I was taking copious notes.)

  • Robin
    2019-03-15 11:09

    It was recommended that I research Dickinson's life so I picked up this book. It read more like a Cole's Notes on her biography than anything else. Too short though I get a sense from what was said that there has never and will never be a definitive biography done on her due to too little source material left.

  • Bruce
    2019-03-04 10:55

    This is a concise and readable introduction to the poet’s life, the world she lived in, her poems and letters, and their posthumous publication, editing, and scholarly reception and interpretations. It's an excellent companion to a reader new to Dickinson's writing.

  • Andreea
    2019-03-08 14:13

    A bit too no homo, good introduction otherwise? It has a very useful guide to further reading at the end.