Biography Essay On Emily Dickinson

Biography Essay On Emily Dickinson-30
The maximum nerditude postscript: Although I found this book incredibly helpful in my research, I still don't know why Habegger dislikes Martha Dickinson Bianchi, Emily's niece, so much.I'm about to start reading Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds, in the hope of learning more about the copyright battles that went on after Dickinson's death.

The maximum nerditude postscript: Although I found this book incredibly helpful in my research, I still don't know why Habegger dislikes Martha Dickinson Bianchi, Emily's niece, so much.I'm about to start reading Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds, in the hope of learning more about the copyright battles that went on after Dickinson's death.

Although many aspects of her life and work will always elude scrutiny, her living, changing profile at least comes into focus in this meticulous and magisterial biography. I'd have given this 2 stars were it not solely for the massive amount of research and collecting of letters, dates, history, etc. However, Emily Dickinson remains just as an elusive figure as before this (or any other attempt at her biography) was written.

In the introduction, a literary critic addressed the fact that sometimes a poet's works were written for personal reasons and were never meant for others' eyes at all.

Dickinson's niece was certainly involved in those, but so was Dickinson's brother's mistress, as well as that mistress's daughter.

Dickinson may have led a quiet life, but her family certainly got up to some interesting shenanigans. This is the best Dickinson biography I've read, though Sewall's is very thorough, and the best from 1974-2001 or so.

Granted, those experiences existed alongside darkness, obsession, and what Habegger is at least brave enough to call Dickinson’s madness, but they certainly existed: We know because the poetry tells us so.

Habegger, however, leaves the impression of having been so engrossed in his index cards that he failed to notice.Emily Dickinson, probably the most loved and certainly the greatest of American poets, continues to be seen as the most elusive.One reason she has become a timeless icon of mystery for many readers is that her developmental phases have not been clarified.It is fair to say that Dickinson is a tough cookie for any biographer, so credit is due where credit is due; but there’s nothing in this volume that adds to enjoyment of Dickinson as a writer and thinker or that fleshes her out into a real human being with three full dimensions.(I begin to fear that such a task will remain forever impossible.) But what is laid away more than anything in this biography is the Dickinson of joy and delight.Habegger also illuminates many of the essential connection sin Dickinson's story: between the decay of doctrinal Protestantism and the emergence of her riddling lyric vision; between her father's political isolation after the Whig Party's collapse and her private poetic vocation; between her frustrated quest for human intimacy and the tuning of her uniquely seductive voice.The definitive treatment of Dickinson's life and times, and of her poetic development, My Wars Are Laid Away in Books shows how she could be both a woman of her era and a timeless creator.The reader is still left looking wistfully at the firmly closed door of Emily Dickinson's elusive mind and heart and genius.But no biographer can unlock that chamber, and Habegger is wise enough not to try.Her relationship with Thomas Wentworth Higginson gets oddly short shrift, and Habegger’s insistence that Dickinson could have known nothing of her brother’s affair with Mabel Loomis Todd is utterly baffling.The poet whose house was her world didn’t realize that her brother, over the course of a 13-year affair, not infrequently led his mistress upstairs in order to have sex with her?

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