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Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief

(Library of Religious Biography)

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Garnishing awards from Choice, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and the Conference on Christianity and Literature when first published in 1998, Roger Lundins Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief has been widely recognized as one of the finest biographies of the great American poet Emily Dickinson. Paying special attention to her experience of faith, Lundin skillfu ...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Eerdmans (first published 1998)
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Susan Bailey
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew nothing about Emily Dickinson before reading this book. Now I feel like I have a good running start. As the title suggests, Roger Lundin sets the book against the backdrop of the religious, political and social events of the times and the extraordinary changes that took place in all those areas throughout the 19th century. Despite the fact that Dickinson was an avowed recluse, she was profoundly affected. Despite seeing people on very rare occasions, she read voraciously, kept up with cur ...more
Elizabeth
This is an excellent biography of Emily Dickenson with a focus on her religious struggles.
Michelle
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dickinson fans with a foundational knowledge of her life and work.
Recommended to Michelle by: Sister Mary Jean, CSM
I approached this bio with skepticism and was surprised how much I liked it. Despite approaching Dickinson from a religious perspective, it is more an exploration of her religious life than a religious angle on her life. In other words, Lundin does not try to prove that Dickinson was a Christian by contemporary evangelical standards--or that she wasn't.

Well-researched, interesting, and thought-provoking for a young Dickinson fan like myself, this book goes well alongside a general biography, li
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Carsten Thomsen
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lundins fine scholarly biography focuses specially on Dickinsons faith - her struggles to come to terms with the God of the Bible. The book is a great help if one wants to get more "inside the head" of this great poet.

Quote: "If God the Father was often her foe, then God the Son was her trustworthy friend. The Trinitarian theological heritage of western Massachusetts provide her with significant resources for the nuanced complexity of God's character....The depth of Jesus' passion and the bread
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Emily
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I liked this book a lot, but the actual biographical bits were more interesting than the philosophical bits. He also seemed to reuse some of Dickinson's quotes a lot, which struck me as strange. Additionally, many of the concluding paragraphs in each chapter said the same thing in different ways which annoyed me. It's like he only had one main point (despite the diversity of the chapter subjects), and felt the need to reiterate it frequently.
kaitlyn
Aug 15, 2008 rated it liked it
There's a lot more to Emily than you might think. She wasn't just a crazy recluse, I promise.
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Roger Lundin (PhD, University of Connecticut) was Arthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He was the award-winning author of several books, including Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age and Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief.

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