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Emily Dickinson in Love: The Case for Otis Lord

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From the award-winning author of Poe the Detective: The Curious Circumstances Behind "The Mystery of Marie Roget" comes a compelling argument for the identity of Emily Dickinson’s true love

 

Proud of my broken heart

Since thou didst break it,

Proud of the pain I

Did not feel till thee . . .

Those words were written by Emily Dickinson to a married man. Who was he?

For a century or more the identity of Emily Dickinson’s mysterious “Master” has been eagerly sought, especially since three letters from her to him were found and published in 1955. In Emily Dickinson in Love, John Evangelist Walsh provides the first book-length treatment of this fascinating subject, offering a solution based wholly on documented facts and the poet’s own writings.

Crafting the affair as a love story of rare appeal, and writing with exquisite attention to detail, in Part I Walsh reveals and meticulously proves the Master to be Otis Lord, a friend of the poet’s father and a man of some reputation in law and politics. Part II portrays the full dimensions of their thirty-year romance, most of it clandestine, including a series of secret meetings in Boston.

After uncovering and confirming the Master’s identity, Walsh fits that information into known events of Emily’s life to make sense of facts long known but little understood—Emily’s decision to dress always in white, for instance, or her extreme withdrawal from a normal existence when she had previously been an active, outgoing friend to many men and women.

In a lengthy section of Notes and Sources, Walsh presents his proofs in abundant detail, demonstrating that the evidence favors one man so irresistibly that there is left no room for doubt. Each reader will decide if he has truly succeeded in making the case for Otis Lord.

Synopsis:

The true identity of Emily Dickinson’s great love has been eagerly sought for a century or more. In Emily Dickinson in Love, John Evangelist Walsh provides the first full-length work to solve this puzzle based wholly on documented facts and the poet’s own writings. He identifies the lover as Otis Lord, a friend of the poet’s father, and portrays the broad dimensions of their clandestine thirty-year romance. Supporting evidence is provided in a lengthy section of Notes and Sources.

About the Author

JOHN EVANGELIST WALSH is the author of numerous books of biography and history, including biographies of Emily Dickinson, John Keats, and Robert Frost as well as two well-received works on Abraham Lincoln. He has three times been a finalist for an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, winning once for Poe the Detective: The Curious Circumstances Behind "The Mystery of Marie Roget." His book The Shadows Rise: Abraham Lincoln and the Ann Rutledge Legend was a finalist for the prestigious Gettysburg Prize.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Prologue: A Puzzlement

Part I. The Unmasking

1. Twenty Old Letters: A Reconstructed Episode

2. The Wildest Word

3. The Knee That Bore Her Once

4. Oh Gaudy Heart!

Part II. The Love Affair

5. Hunting for the Day

6. Bridal Gown

7. Basking in Bethlehem

8. Aetherial Throng

Acknowledgments

Appendices

A. Mrs. Lord's Diary

B. The Master Letters

C. The Last White Dress

Notes and Sources

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813552750
Author:
Walsh, John Evangelist
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 illustrations
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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The true identity of Emily Dickinson’s great love has been eagerly sought for a century or more. In Emily Dickinson in Love, John Evangelist Walsh provides the first full-length work to solve this puzzle based wholly on documented facts and the poet’s own writings. He identifies the lover as Otis Lord, a friend of the poet’s father, and portrays the broad dimensions of their clandestine thirty-year romance. Supporting evidence is provided in a lengthy section of Notes and Sources.

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