Emily Dickinson is best known as an intensely private, even
reclusive writer. Yet the way she has been mythologised has meant
her work is often misunderstood. This introduction delves behind
the myth to present a poet who was deeply engaged with the issues
of her day. In a lucid and elegant style, the book places her life
and work in the historical context of the Civil War, the suffrage
movement, and the rapid industrialisation of the United States.
Wendy Martin explores the ways in which Dickinson's personal
struggles with romantic love, religious faith, friendship and
community shape her poetry. The complex publication history of her
works, as well as their reception, is teased out, and a guide to
further reading is included. Dickinson emerges not only as one of
America's finest poets, but also as a fiercely independent
intellect and an original talent writing poetry far ahead of her
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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