By Lyndall Gordon
"Lives Like Loaded Guns...reads like a wonderful detective story...[Gordon] takes us into undiscovered territory." --The Washington Post , a nice significant other to enthusiasts of the film A Quiet Passion, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson.
In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother, Austin, begun an adulterous love affair with the entire and ravishing Mabel Todd, atmosphere in movement a chain of occasions that might without end switch the lives of the Dickinson kinfolk. Award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon tells the tale of the feud that erupted-and that also keeps this present day. Making exceptional use of letters, diaries, and criminal files, Gordon proposes a groundbreaking new option to the key in the back of the poet's insistent seclusion, offering a lady past her time who came upon love, spirituality, and immortality all on her personal phrases.
the 1st significant biography of Dickinson in approximately ten years, Lives Like Loaded Guns is a hugely acclaimed tale of inventive genius, illicit ardour, and betrayal that might without end switch the way in which we view considered one of America's most vital literary figures.
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Of that there are only hints and guesses. An unseen but decisive event, a ‘bolt’ or ‘Bomb’ that she had to ‘Hold’ and ‘calm’, vetoed a life she might have led outside her home, while it opened up the secret life she devised as a poet. There is the velocity of letters aimed at correspondents she marked out for her own, a gunman’s ‘yellow eye’ narrowing at the target. There is the explosive image-cluster in her poetry: the earthquakes, the rumbling volcanoes, Vesuvius, Etna and the poet’s voice like lava, coming in spurts through the ‘buckled lips’ of a crater.
Cross this path and enter the Homestead, an older house built of brown brick in the handsome Federal style. Climb its well-swept stairs and along the top landing turn right into a bright room with four windows. The front two look out across hedge and street at the snowy sweep of the Dickinson meadow and the Pelham hills in the distance. The side windows look at The Evergreens. Here is another, and sicker, invalid who has lain in her bed since October. Her hair flames against the pillow, for though she is fifty-four there’s no sign of grey.
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