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A Historical Guide to Emily Dickinson (Historical Guides to American Authors)

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One of America's most celebrated women, Emily Dickinson was virtually unpublished in her own time and unknown to the public at large. Today her poetry is commonly anthologized and widely praised for its precision, its intensity, its depth and beauty. Dickinson's life and work, however, remain in important ways mysterious. This collection of essays, all of them previously unpublished, represent the best of contemporary scholarship and points the way toward exciting new directions for the future. The volume includes a biographical essay that covers some of the major turning points in the poet's life, especially those emphasized by her letters. Other essays discuss Dickinson's religious beliefs, her response to the Civil War, her class-based politics, her place in a tradition of American women's poetry, and the editing of her manuscripts. A Historical Guide to Emily Dickinson concludes with a rich bibliographical essay describing the controversial history of Dickinson's life in print, together with a substantial bibliography of relevant sources.

About the Author

Vivian R. Pollak is Professor of English and Women and Gender Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a past president of the Emily Dickinson International Society.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886: A Brief Biography, Vivian R. Pollak and Marianne Noble

2. Emily Dickinson in Her Time

3. "Is Immortality True?": Salvaging Faith in an Age of Upheavals, Jane Donahue Eberwein

4. History, Language, and God: Emily Dickinson's War Poetry, Shira Wolosky

5. Dickinson and the Art of Politics, Betsy Erkkila

6. Dickinson in Context: Nineteenth-Century American Women Poets, Cheryl Walker

7. The Sound of Shifting Paradigms, or Hearing Dickinson in the Twenty-First Century, Cristanne Miller

Illustrated Chronology

Bibliographical Essay, Jonathan Morse

Contributors

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195151350
Editor:
Pollak, Vivian R.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Pollak, Vivian R.
Author:
Pollak, Vivian R.
Author:
null, Vivian R.
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | 19th C
Subject:
Dickinson, Emily
Subject:
Women and literature -- United States.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Historical Guides to American Authors
Series Volume:
no. 85
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 halftones
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
8.24x5.42x.85 in. .77 lbs.

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