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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Emily Dickinson
*But Were Afraid to Ask
Emily Dickinson was a poet with a bomb in her breast—a scorching talent living in a supressed era whose prodigous body of work and mysterious life fascinate us to this day.…
Emily Dickinson was a poet with a bomb in her breast—a scorching talent living in a supressed era whose prodigous body of work and mysterious life fascinate us to this day. Lyndall Gordon's breathtaking new biography, Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds, digs deep into the previously unexplored dark corners of Dickinson's past to discover just what made the "partially cracked poetess at Amherst" (as one of her mentors referred to her) into one of the most famous and respected of all American writers. Kathryn Court, President and Publisher of Penguin Books, speaks to Ms. Gordon about the elusive Dickinson and her ephemeral poetry.
Books featured in this episode:
We feature the work of early Renaissance poets
But Were Afraid to Ask
William Wordsworth finishes our celebration of romantic poetry.
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