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July 07, 2010

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Dody

I just finished this book last night. OH! WOW! I am a big fan of Emily and have read all the recent bios about her (starting with Sewell.) I 'knew' about the affair and have often wondered WHY someone did not dissect the effects it must have had on her legacy. My daughter attended Mount Holyoke which sent me on a four year Emily Dickinson hunt. It began the weekend we dropped her off, we casually went to visit the Homestead and I WAS ROCKED by the Evergreens. (I wrote a blog post about the Evergreens) I became fascinated and started reading everything I could about her. Like you, I came to her with the "myth" in mind, 'sweet little thing flitting in white dress." But, nothing could be further from the truth. What an amazingly jaw dropping story and also, how devastating to the family members caught up in the love affair. Little Gib's room in the EVergreens was sealed up for years and they have installed an observation window for visitors to peer into - it is the spookiest, most heart wrenching museum in America. I once stayed at the Inn across the street from the houses and wandered about in the snowy dark. The presence of the families lingers to those with an imagination. This book does read like a fast paced novel. I enjoyed the part AFTER the trial because I had no idea, NO IDEA it went on and on and that ultimately, the Todd camp shaped Sue's depiction. I can tell that the docents at the museum (Homestead and Evergreens) are now working this out in their tours, Sue is being rehabilitated. I am going to re-read the Sewell bio because I feel as if I am one of those who were tainted by my opinion of Sue. Great review here - thanks.

Bluestalking

Thanks, Courtney. It's one of those fascinating books you never want to end. Until the final chapter or so, that is. But before that, YOWZA! What an eye-opener.

Courtney

what a stellar review! I've never been a huge Dickinson fan but you make me really want to read this!

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