Lives Like Loaded Guns Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2011-05-31
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
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" Lives Like Loaded Guns...reads like a fabulous detective story...[Gordon] takes us into undiscovered territory." -- The Washington Post In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother, Austin, began an adulterous love affair with the accomplished and ravishing Mabel Todd, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. Award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon tells the story of the feud that erupted-and that still continues today. Making unprecedented use of letters, diaries, and legal documents, Gordon proposes a groundbreaking new solution to the secret behind the poet's insistent seclusion, presenting a woman beyond her time who found love, spirituality, and immortality all on her own terms. The first major biography of Dickinson in nearly ten years, Lives Like Loaded Gunsis a highly acclaimed story of creative genius, illicit passion, and betrayal that will forever change the way we view one of America's most important literary figures.

Table of Contents

A Poet Next Doorp. 1
'A Still - Volcano - Life'
The First Familyp. 21
A Scientific Educationp. 39
Sisterp. 61
'Wife Without the Sign'p. 93
'Snarl in the Brain'p. 114
Tellingp. 137
Romancing Judge Lordp. 156
Split in the Familyp. 169
Mabel's Reign
Emily's Standp. 197
Lady Macbeth of Amherstp. 231
Mabel in Excelsisp. 250
The War Between the Houses
Lavinia's Standp. 279
The Trialp. 299
Defeats of the First Generationp. 313
Two Daughtersp. 326
The Battle of the Daughtersp. 345
Posthumous Campaignsp. 369
Outliving the Legendp. 399
Sourcesp. 407
Notesp. 425
Acknowledgementsp. 471
Indexp. 475
Index of First Linesp. 490
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