If Jane Austen has hit it big, can Emily Dickinson be far behind? Arguably America’s greatest poet, the ”Nun of Amherst” lived a reclusive New England life, publishing nothing during her 55 years and leaving fans clueless about the source of the extraordinary passion that illuminated her work. Judith Farr makes a clever attempt to fill in the blanks with the novel, I Never Came to You in White, which reveals the young poet through letters to schoolgirl chums and correspondence between her editor and a jealous writing teacher at Mount Holyoke Seminary, where, at 17, Dickinson was often in disgrace for composing ”essays that are too original,” at least in the world Farr creates. A fascinating view of the girl who yearned ”to buffet the Sea of Pleasure, where there are poems on every wave and kisses in the curl of the foam.” B+
I Never Came to You in White If Jane Austen has hit it big, can Emily Dickinson be far behind? Arguably America's greatest poet, the ''Nun of Amherst'' lived a reclusive New...I Never Came to You in WhiteFictionJudith Farr If Jane Austen has hit it big, can Emily Dickinson be far behind? Arguably America's greatest poet, the ''Nun of Amherst'' lived a reclusive New...1996-10-18
Genre: Fiction; Author: Judith Farr
Posted October 18 1996 — 12:00 AM EDT
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