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The Life of Emily Dickinson

The Life of Emily Dickinson

Richard B. Sewall

ISBN 9780674530805

Publication date: 07/15/1998

Winner of the National Book Award, this massively detailed biography throws a light into the study of the brilliant poet. How did Emily Dickinson, from the small window over her desk, come to see a life that included the horror, exaltation and humor that lives her poetry? With abundance and impartiality, Richard B. Sewall shows us not just the poet nor the poetry, but the woman and her life.


  • [A] brilliant, massively detailed biography… Emily Dickinson emerges in these pages not only as…one of the two greatest poets of America’s nineteenth century, but as an extraordinary and credible human being… Sewall is an exemplary biographer and critic, perhaps in some ironic way the kind of friend Emily sought unsuccessfully in her life.

    —Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times


  • Richard B. Sewall was Professor of English at Yale University.

Book Details

  • 924 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press