Though nearly 900 pages long, Alfred Habegger's biography of the enigmatic Emily Dickinson never clots into minutiae or obsessive record keeping. Habegger, the author of a much-praised biography of Henry James Sr., presents the elusive poet within the context of the circles she herself observed. Neither pandering to scandal nor avoiding judgment, he reveals the Amherst maiden as a vital keeper of her own integrity, the product of a gifted family and her own strong will. This is that rare thing: A literary biography that is both major and readable.
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Published December 15, 2001
by Random House.
Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction.