The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel (Paperback)

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The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel (Paperback)

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"In this brilliant and hilarious jailbreak of a novel, Charyn channels the genius poet and her great leaps of the imagination." —Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)


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.
“One of the most important writers in American literature” (Michael Chabon), Jerome Charyn is the award-winning author of more than fifty works, including The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson. A renowned scholar of twentieth-century Hollywood, he lives in Manhattan.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393339178
ISBN-10: 0393339173
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 14th, 2011
Pages: 352
Language: English
There's nothing quite like a Charyn novel.…His sentences make a mournful and sensational clatter, like a bundle of butcher knives dropped on a cathedral floor.
— Jonathan Yardley - Washington Post