The Passion of Emily Dickinson

The Passion of Emily Dickinson

by Judith Farr
     
 
In a profound new analysis of Dickinson's life and work, Judith Farr explores the desire, suffering, exultation, spiritual rapture, and intense dedication to art that characterize Dickinson's poems, deciphering their many complex and witty references to texts and paintings of the day.

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In a profound new analysis of Dickinson's life and work, Judith Farr explores the desire, suffering, exultation, spiritual rapture, and intense dedication to art that characterize Dickinson's poems, deciphering their many complex and witty references to texts and paintings of the day.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review - Paul Delany
Farr...is one of the most intelligent and authoritative guides to this extraordinary American poet.
American Literature - Stephanie A. Tingley
Well-argued and eloquently written...Farr's study contributes essential cultural and historical contexts and offers superb readings of Dickinson's letters and lyrics. For these reasons, The Passion of Emily Dickinson enriches our understanding of one of the greatest and most enigmatic of American poets.
Belles Lettres - Jane Donahue Eberwein
A richly revealing contribution...[with] eye-opening readings of' Dickinson's poems.
R.W. Franklin
I admire [the book's] even temperament…Farr admirably avoids ideological rigidity, even while acknowledging, and adopting, strengihs of particular advocates. Her relating Dickinson to nineteenth-century American art is a major contribution.
Princeton University - John Wilmerding
Farr has opened new ground in our understanding of the poetry. I find entirely convincing her consideration of the relationships with Hudson River and Luminist painting in the period.
New York Times Book Review
Farr...is one of the most intelligent and authoritative guides to this extraordinary American poet.
— Paul Delany
American Literature
Well-argued and eloquently written...Farr's study contributes essential cultural and historical contexts and offers superb readings of Dickinson's letters and lyrics. For these reasons, The Passion of Emily Dickinson enriches our understanding of one of the greatest and most enigmatic of American poets.
— Stephanie A. Tingley
Belles Lettres
A richly revealing contribution...[with] eye-opening readings of' Dickinson's poems.
— Jane Donahue Eberwein

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674656659
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.11(d)

What People are saying about this

Farr has opened new ground in our understanding of the poetry. I find entirely convincing her consideration of the relationships with Hudson River and Luminist painting in the period.
John Wilmerding
Farr has opened new ground in our understanding of the poetry. I find entirely convincing her consideration of the relationships with Hudson River and Luminist painting in the period.
— Princeton University
Ralph W. Franklin
I admire [the book's] even temperament...Farr admirably avoids ideological rigidity, even while acknowledging, and adopting, strengihs of particular advocates. Her relating Dickinson to nineteenth-century American art is a major contribution.
Ralph W. Franklin, editor of the forthcoming variorum
Poems of Emily Dickinson

Meet the Author

Judith Farr is Professor Emerita of English & American Literature at Georgetown University.

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