Austin and Mabel: The Amherst Affair and Love Letters of Austin Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd

Austin and Mabel: The Amherst Affair and Love Letters of Austin Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558492158
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 11/03/1999
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 464
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

Prefacexi
IIntroduction3
1Mabel and David Todd9
2Susan and Austin Dickinson67
IIThe Letters
1The Mutual Discovery: September 1882-December 1883127
2Amuasbteiln: 1884179
3A New Epoch: 1885-1886201
4Menage a Trois: 1887-1889258
5The Publication of Emily Dickinson's Poems: 1890-1893334
6The End of Austin's Life: 1894-1895379
IIIEpilogue
The Law Suit and the Trial: 1896-1898399
Bibliography429
Acknowledgments433
Index435

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Austin and Mabel; The Amherst Affair and Love Letters of Austin Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Mable to be an interesting person. I had to remind myself this was non-fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.