COME SLOWLY, EDEN by Laura Benet


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See Page 417 in the last issue for the report on this, wrongly included under books for FIFTEEN AND UP. Amplifying the data contained there, we confess that it seems to us a book keyed more to adolescent enjoyment than to the maturer point of view. There is no attempt to cut deeply below the surface of Emily Dickinson's life and human relations. There is more sense of the gaiety of her youth than other biographies would lead one to believe. There is scarcely a suggestion of anything more than the touching of minds and spirits in the handling of her three unhappy loves. A book of great charm, and one that should lead readers on to further works, and to the reading of her own poetry, but not the biography of Emily Dickinson for those who would read one, and only one. Classify this -- like the Elizabeth Goudge -- as a ""marginal book"".

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 1942
Publisher: Dodd, Mead