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Finally, My Emily Dickinson, Susan Howe's singular and unforgettable 1985 creative study, is available as a New Directions paperbook.

With exacting rigor and wit, Howe pulls Dickinson free of all the sterile and stuffy belle-of-Amherst cotton wool and shows the poet in touch with elemental forces of nature, and as a prophet in all her radical zealotry and poetic glory. Her Emily Dickinson is a unique American genius, a demon lover of poetry—no neurasthenic spider artist. Howe draws into her discussion Browning, Wuthering Heights, the Civil War, "Master," the great Puritan preachers, captivity narratives, Shakespeare, and phantom lovers. As she chases away narrow and reductive feminist readings of the poet, Howe finds instead a radically powerful and true feminism at work in Dickinson, focusing the whole on that heart-stopping poem "My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun."

A remarkable and passionate poet-on-poet engagement, My Emily Dickinson frees a great poet from the fetters of being read as a special female neurotic, and sets her against a fiery open sky where "Perception of an object means loosing and losing it...only Mutability certain." My Emily Dickinson won The Before Columbus Foundation Book Award.

About the Author

Susan Howe was born in Boston, on June 10, 1937, and grew up in Cambridge, MA.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780938190523
Author:
Howe, Susan
Publisher:
Norton
Author:
Weinberger, Eliot
Location:
Berkeley, Calif. :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poets, American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 139-142.
Series Volume:
vol. 16
Publication Date:
20071115
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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