|Publisher:||University of Massachusetts Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.03(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.24(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Polly Longsworth is author of The World of Emily Dickinson.
Table of Contents
|1||Mabel and David Todd||9|
|2||Susan and Austin Dickinson||67|
|1||The Mutual Discovery: September 1882-December 1883||127|
|3||A New Epoch: 1885-1886||201|
|4||Menage a Trois: 1887-1889||258|
|5||The Publication of Emily Dickinson's Poems: 1890-1893||334|
|6||The End of Austin's Life: 1894-1895||379|
|The Law Suit and the Trial: 1896-1898||399|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Austin and Mabel; The Amherst Affair and Love Letters of Austin Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I found Mable to be an interesting person. I had to remind myself this was non-fiction.
Mable had varied talents, and much vanity and self-centeredness. Austin had the same. His sister Emily wrote poetry that often inspires and enthralls, but died without publishing it. This is the story of how an illicit love affair created the dynamics that led to Emily's fame after her death. Many wonder how ED could know so much about human nature, need, greed, creed and psychology when she hardly ever left her home. Polly Longsworth provides an answer by introducing readers to her complicated, tragic brother, his wife, his lover, her husband and Emily's sister Lavinia. Watching these tormented, complex, intelligent people for years gave Emily much grist for her poetic mill. Read Richard Sewall's 'The Life of Emily Dickinson' first. Then, if you are hooked on this New England soap opera circle, as I was, follow up by getting a copy of 'Austin and Mable.' Longsworth did a nice job condensing and explaining this somewhat famous affair, and its importance to American literary history.