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Happy Birthday to the Belle of Amherst

Emily Dickinson was born on this day in 1830. It is not known why she withdrew from society so completely. Theories abound, the latest being that she was epileptic. Books have been written. But the mystery remains. What we have … Continue reading

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“What’s This Gal’s Name Again? Oh Yeah, Emily Dickinson.”

Bill Murray reads to the construction workers working on the Poet’s House here in Manhattan. Not to be missed. Fantastic. I am proud of my city. I didn’t think it was possible for me to love Bill Murray more than … Continue reading

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A New Look At Emily Dickinson

I am extremely curious about this new biography of Emily Dickinson (Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds, by Lyndall Gordon), that speculates (with good reason, apparently) that Dickinson was an epileptic. Wow. As always, Ted, I … Continue reading

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“My Business is Circumference”

Letter from Emily Dickinson to her editor, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, July, 1862. The letter is signed “Your Scholar”: Will you tell me my fault, frankly, as to yourself, for I had rather wince, than die. Men do not call the … Continue reading

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Some Island snapshots

– “I cannot imagine how a casual reference to Suetonius and Petronius Arbiter can be construed into evidence of a desire to impress by an assumption of superior knowledge. I should fancy that the most ordinary of scholars is perfectly … Continue reading

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366

Wow! Speaking of Emily Dickinson (see below) – just came across this piece on an art exhibit based on 1862 – the year when Dickinson wrote 366 poems in 365 days. Hard to even fathom. Check it out! A spiral … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to The Belle of Amherst

Emily Dickinson was born on this day in 1830. It is not known why she withdrew from society so completely. Theories abound. Books have been written. But the mystery remains. What we have are her poems. A wide interior life … Continue reading

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Emily Dickinson’s “certain slant of light”.

Not a good sign.

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The Books: “The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry” – Emily Dickinson

Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, edited by Jahan Ramazani, Richard Ellmann, and Robert O’Clair I gotta be honest. EMILY DICKINSON FREAKS ME OUT. I can’t settle into her poems and flip through the … Continue reading

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A Book of Days for 1931 (Christopher Morley)

Christopher Morley was a journalist and essayist who is probably mainly known for his passion for Sherlock Holmes, but it was a long and fruitful career (speaking of Ginger Rogers, he wrote Kitty Foyle, which gave her an Academy Award). … Continue reading

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