The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson : A Novel

Description

Jerome Charyn, "one of the most important writers in American literature" (Michael Chabon), continues his exploration of American history through fiction with The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, hailed by prize-winning literary historian Brenda Wineapple as a "breathtaking high-wire act of ventriloquism." Channeling the devilish rhythms and ghosts of a seemingly buried literary past, Charyn removes the mysterious veils that have long enshrouded Dickinson, revealing her passions, inner turmoil, and powerful sexuality. The novel, daringly written in first person, begins in the snow. It's 1848, and Emily is a student at Mount Holyoke, with its mournful headmistress and strict, strict rules. Inspired by her letters and poetry, Charyn goes on to capture the occasionally comic, always fevered, ultimately tragic story of her life-from defiant Holyoke seminarian to dying recluse.

Details

Author(s)
Jerome Charyn
Format
Paperback | 352 pages
Dimensions
142 x 211 x 23mm | 270g
Publication date
01 Mar 2011
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
9 black-and-white illustrations
ISBN10
0393339173
ISBN13
9780393339178
Bestsellers rank
730,790