Emily Dickinson may be the most widely read American poet but the story behind her work's publication in 1890 is barely known.
After Emily recounts the extraordinary lives of Mabel Loomis Todd and her daughter, Millicent Todd Bingham and the powerful literary legacy they shared. Mabel's complicated relationships with the Dickinsons-including her thirteen-year extramarital affair with Emily's brother, Austin-roiled the small town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Julie Dobrow has unearthed hundreds of primary sources to tell this compelling story and reveal the surprising impact Mabel and Millicent had on the Emily Dickinson we know today.
The entire nuanced and complicated story of Mabel Loomis Todd, Millicent Todd Bingham, and Emily Dickinson is ours at last in this diligently sourced and compellingly written history.--Marianne Curling, Curator of the Amherst Historical Society
Julie Dobrow has grabbed a tiger by the tail in her skillful reanalysis of Mabel Loomis Todd's role in recognizing, preserving, publishing, and promoting Emily Dickinson's powerful poetry...Dobrow weaves the vitality of the personal into her scholarship, surprising and enlightening readers about one of America's greatest literary rescues.--Polly Longsworth, author of Austin and Mabel
Dobrow's skillful account of Mabel's and Millicent's lives makes this page-turner a must-read for the poet's most ardent fans.
[Dobrow] recount[s], with sympathy and nuance, Todd's near obsession with editing Dickinson... [A] fresh, remarkable account.
Dobrow authoritatively traces the tortuous editorial and publication process that first brought Dickinson's work to public attention, and sensitively explores her subjects' interior lives... Impeccably researched...Dobrow's narrative gives a fascinating glimpse into the lives of two tireless advocates for Dickinson's work.
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 3rd October 2018
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.8 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.78
Edition Number: 1