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My Wars Are Laid Away in Books

The Life of Emily Dickinson (Modern Library Paperbacks)

by Alfred Habegger

  • 141 Want to read
  • 16 Currently reading

Published by Modern Library .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Biography: general,
  • Poetry & poets,
  • Biography/Autobiography,
  • Biography & Autobiography,
  • Biography / Autobiography,
  • American - General,
  • Literary,
  • Poetry,
  • Biography & Autobiography / Literary

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages800
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL8020746M
    ISBN 100812966015
    ISBN 109780812966015

    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. The air in my house still carried her warm chocolate-and-pepper scent. Why did she refuse to publish and why was this refusal so integral an aspect of her work? Woe to any friend or relative who took it upon himself to offer her poems for publication. His sensitive, acute handling of her writings, with frequent quotations and careful analysis, fulfills one of the key functions of a literary biography: it makes you want to run out and reread Emily Dickinson's poetry right away.

    Building on the work of former and contemporary scholars,My Wars Are Laid Away in Booksbrings to light a wide range of new material from legal archives, congregational records, contemporary women's writing, and previously unpublished fragments of Dickinson's own letters. Her sister, Vinnie, carried out her request, stopping short of burning the manuscript books, which preserved the 1, poems that are her literary legacy. 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. His sensitive, acute handling of her writings, with frequent quotations and careful analysis, fulfills one of the key functions of a literary biography: it makes you want to run out and reread Emily Dickinson's poetry right away. This adds clarity to Todd's role and brings into balance the fact that she had a peripheral relationship to the poet, corresponding with her on occasion, but never actually meeting her.

    One reason she has become a timeless icon of mystery for many readers is that her developmental phases have not been clarified. Would her genius have shone brighter if she had allowed herself a public life? Inas the poet marked her 40th birthday, she entered a new period of compositional activity, and it is in these late chapters that Habegger shifts gears from strict biography to intense scrutiny of her work and what her verse might tell us about her most reclusive years. None of that can account for the naked power of her poetry: the shock of encounter, the confrontation with delight, the struggle with sorrow, the persistence of immortality.


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My Wars Are Laid Away in Books book

The brilliant Emily, however, not only adapted to her circumstances but used them to her advantage in writing some of the world's finest poetry. But it had a particular significance for Dickinson.

Though the Austin-Mabel affair evolved in the last years of Dickinson's life, he has made it a biographical rallying point before the end of Volume I; thus Mabel Loomis Todd is placed in the Dickinson pantheon.

The weapon was said to have been "used in killing Indians and wolves. Emily did manage to make friends for brief periods, and when they moved on, she stalked them by letter and was stung when the affection poured into her letters and private poems was not returned. Did she have a lover, as the erotic fervor of some of her poems suggest?

This Sewall has done. Death by disease and mishap was common in the early 19th century, and the constant sense of loss made the nascent poet hungry for friendships that she clung to like life preservers on a choppy sea.

An early influence was the Reverend Aaron M.

My Wars are laid away in Books

Her sister, Vinnie, carried out her request, stopping short of burning the manuscript books, which preserved the 1, poems that are her literary legacy. No one around her could say.

One motive for their drastic move was a determination to practice without interference the militant late-Reformation faith known as Puritanism.

The paradoxical nature of her character and her writing makes for lively conjecture even today, as scholars debate the chronology of her poems and their biographical context. One was, of course, the bundles of poems discovered after her death.

He knew he had his work cut out for him when he decided to tackle Emily Dickinson, the famed New England poet and recluse, the eccentric belle of Amherst who craved a private audience for her lyrical riddles while eschewing publication during her lifetime.

New York: Random House, I loved having the collection at my side so I could read the poems he only referred to, as well. A former professor of English at the University of Kansas, he believes that an understanding of Dickinson's chronology shows not only how her work reflects various stages in her life, but also how her poetry developed over time.

With this in mind, he traveled extensively, ferreting out and reading all known and, at times, unknown original documents relevant to the poet for a uniquely solid factual foundation. But she also started to keep a stitched manuscript book into which she copied finished versions of poetry she showed to no one.

I also added just a bit of chopped cilantro. In this exhaustively researched biography, Alfred Habegger presents the first thorough account of Dickinson's growth--a richly contextualized story of genius in the process of formation and then in the act of overwhelming production.

Major differences between the Habegger and Sewall books involve viewpoint and organization. Habegger posits that the poet, in her own ingenious way, turned her repression into freedom.

My wars are laid away in books : the life of Emily Dickinson

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.Do any of Dickinson’s poems seem clearer to you now that you have read My Wars Are Laid Away in Books?

Which ones? Did you get a clearer sense of her impetus as a writer — of the motives, the purposes, that drove her?

2. Habegger pays close attention to the /5. Along with the other WWII books mentioned here and below, I recommend Ken Burns’ documentary The War, if only because it is largely based on these books and gives you a sense of the whole picture.

Emily Dickinson: My Wars Are Laid Away in Books

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