COME SLOWLY, EDEN by Laura Benet


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Coming from a great family of poets Miss Benet is perfectly suited to tackle the life of that charming post, Emily Dickinson. This reader enjoyed every word but wonders how many children will feel the same way, unless they are unusually sensitive. Emily was always the gay leader adored for her sparkling wit by young and old. Her interests in flowers and immortality, in sunsets and people, were evident from earliest youth. Her teachers and elders in Amherst always knew that they had an extraordinary soul in their midst, even her stern speed-loving father generally softened in her presence. Her life was almost all spent in her home town, except for her short stay at Mt. Holyoke and later her visits to Washington, Springfield and Philadelphia. She had beaus aplenty but she was ill fated in those she loved the most, for Benjamin Newton and George Gould both died, while the amazing Dr. Charles Wadsworth was already married and had to move out West. During her life she had four different interpretations of God--that of her father, the kind one of Dr. Holland, the greater one of Dr. Wadsworth and her own. There is much theology, quoting and philosophizing. This will be cherished by a few.

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