EMILY DICKINSON -- A REVELATION by Millicent Todd Bingham


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For devotees of Emily Dickinson, the adventure of research and its fruits are alike shared in this small volume. When Emily Dickinson's first editor, Mabel Loomis Todd, died, she left to her daughter the challenge of dedicated search, and with it a certain packet of letters never opened but addressed to Judge Lord, close friend of Emily's father. Mrs. Bingham's probing in Salem shed some light on the Lord family and ultimately led with a knowledge of Judge Lord's life and with the reading of the letters to her interpretation of Emily's great love in her later years. The story of this love and the search for the truth about it leads to the letters themselves and late poems which are pertinent. The author presents a new view of the idea of a young love disappointment in relation to the last great love of Emily, whose personality rises from the pages. Doubtless this revelation will give cause for further speculation on the part of those who care and will appreciate this book.

Pub Date: Nov. 3rd, 1954
Publisher: Harper