White Heat by Brenda Wineapple
The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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White Heat is the first book to portray the remarkable relationship between America's most beloved poet and the fiery abolitionist who first brought her work to the public. 
As the Civil War raged, an unlikely friendship was born between the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a literary figure who ran guns to Kansas and commanded the first Union regiment of black soldiers. When Dickinson sent Higginson four of her poems he realized he had encountered a wholly original genius; their intense correspondence continued for the next quarter century. In White Heat Brenda Wineapple tells an extraordinary story about poetry, politics, and love, one that sheds new light on her subjects and on the roiling America they shared.
 
 


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About Brenda Wineapple

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Brenda Wineapple is the prize-winning author of several books, including White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. A regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review and The Nation, she teaches in the MFA programs at The New School University and Columbia University's School of the Arts, and she is Doris Zemurray Stone Professor of Modern Literary and Historical Studies at Union College. She lives in New York City.
 
Published August 12, 2008 by Anchor. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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The editor criticized for dumbing down the great American poet's work gets a fairer assessment from literary biographer Wineapple (Hawthorne, 2003, etc.).

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Brenda Wineapple explores the friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

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The poet Amy Lowell would thank those who came after him for reviving Dickinson's words and spirit, calling Higginson "a bungler too dim for the dauntless poet," and saying "there is nothing sadder than well-meaning Mr. Higginson trying to guide Emily's marvelous genius."

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BookPage

Higginson has often been criticized for changing the poems - eliminating Dickinson's dashes at certain points and substituting more "appropriate" words - but this charge is probably not fair.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Overall, however, the result is a book that balances literary criticism, biography, and history, while never straying too far from the few available facts about Dickinson and her life.

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Gun control opponents are expected to block any new bans while offering their own countermeasures, including proposals to lift existing restrictions on gun ownership by mentally ill veterans and even one that would declare all limits on gun ownership unconstitutional.

Apr 16 2013 | Read Full Review of White Heat: The Friendship of...

For readers who wish Carlene Bauer's Frances and Bernard was more real than imagined, suggest Wineapple's insightful and accessible nonfiction account of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a leading man of letters and an abolitionist who supported women's rights. Using Dickinson's le...

Mar 21 2013 | Read Full Review of White Heat: The Friendship of...

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