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The Diary of Emily Dickinson

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The discovery of Emily Dickinson's poetry after her death unleashed a series of mysteries and revelations that astonished those who knew her and continue to intrigue readers today. Who was the reclusive woman who wrote these wise and beautiful verses? Slowly answers came and, with them, more questions. Why did Emily continue to seek the advice of Thomas Wentworth Higginson ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 1st 1993)
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Lisa Cole
Sep 09, 2011 Lisa Cole rated it it was ok
Though this was a somewhat interesting read, I think my time would have been better spent reading Dickinson's "real" letters.
Jan 16, 2011 Audrey rated it did not like it
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As I said earlier, I've owned this book since 1995 and never opened it. I regret that so, now that I've taken the time to get to know this woman/poet in a more intimate way. Rediscovered in 1980, this diary sheds light on Dickinson's relationships - with God, with men, and with the written word. It is an absolute MUST READ for any Dickinson fan.
Linda Seltenright
Dec 12, 2008 Linda Seltenright rated it really liked it
The book begins in March 1867 & ends in April 1868. "The Diary of Emily Dickinson is an exquisite account of what it means to live the writing life, to live for poetry".

I love Emily Dickinsons poetry and I loved this book.
Oct 16, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
I think my rating might be unfair to this book because I haven't really been in the right head space to read this sort of book. This is unfortunate, but my rule right now is that I can't buy more books until I read all of the unread books on my shelf.

This is described on the back cover as being a fictional diary of Emily Dickinson, but it is unlike any other fictional diary account I have read in that it is very fragmented & just sort of meanders around. The prose is very lyrical & love
Jan 24, 2009 Karma rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone - even if you aren't a big poetry fan!
I found this a very interesting read. For many years there were no known journals from Emily Dickinson - only her poetry and letters. This was found in the wall of her old home during a renovation but the man that found it, hid it for years. It was his son that finally brought the journal to public knowledge. After each journal entry; historically relevant information, quotes from letters she had written, or applicable poems where included. It gave a very interesting, more complete picture of th ...more
Apr 11, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
**Update: I finally pasted my book cover on (after a mishap with the mail) to realize that this is fictionalized, though based on Dickinson's life and letters. Yes, this is precisely the sort of genre-straddling book I hate to get tricked into reading! Even with the cover pasted back on, it still is a bit misleading. When I pick up a diary, I assume it is straight from the source. Sorry, GR friends, I can't even blame this on April Fool's Day:( Do not read this if you're looking for nonfiction a ...more
Jun 30, 2008 Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelley by: EW Manning
Wow! What an amazing book! I swear, I kept having to check and make SURE it was fiction. Ms. Fuller has truly captured the voice of Emily Dickinson. It is fascinating to read, as the author has cross-referenced each entry with existing primary sources about Dickinson. The language, style and even spelling match what I have read of Dickinson's, and, as a sometimes reader of her poetry, I very much enjoyed reading this diary, which included both interesting facts about Emily and the beautiful imit ...more
Jan 20, 2010 Becky rated it it was amazing
I'm still not sure whether this is a book of fiction based on Emily's writings and letters or whether to believe that an actual diary was somehow found. The dreamer in me wants to believe that the story is true. Regardless, it was a beautiful read that I enjoyed savoring.
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“ The following year the house was substantially remodeled, and the conservatory removed. As the walls of the now crumbling wall were being torn down, one of the workmen chanced upon a small leatherbound book that had apparently been concealed behind a loose brick or in a crevice in the wall. By this time Emily Dickinson was a household name in Amherst. It happened that this carpenter was a lover of poetry- and hers in particular- and when he opened the little book and realized that that he had found her diary, he was “seized with a violent trembling,” as he later told his grandson. Both electrified and terrified by the discovery, he hid the book in his lunch bucket until the workday ended and then took it home. He told himself that after he had read and savored every page, he would turn the diary over to someone who would know how to best share it with the public. But as he read, he fell more and more deeply under the poet’s spell and began to imagine that he was her confidant. He convinced himself that in his new role he was no longer obliged to give up the diary. Finally, having brushed away the light taps of conscience, he hid the book at the back of an oak chest in his bedroom, from which he would draw it out periodically over the course of the next sixty-four years until he had virtually memorized its contents. Even his family never knew of its existence.

Shortly before his death in 1980 at the age of eighty-nine, the old man finally showed his most prized possession to his grandson (his only son having preceded him in death), confessing that his delight in it had always been tempered by a nagging guilt and asking that the young man now attempt to atone for his grandfather’s sin. The grandson, however, having inherited both the old man’s passion for poetry and his tendency towards paralysis of conscience, and he readily succumbed to the temptation to hold onto the diary indefinitely while trying to decide what ought to be done with it.”
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