Debbie's Reviews > Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds

Lives Like Loaded Guns by Lyndall Gordon
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Mar 23, 2011

really liked it
Recommended to Debbie by: saw on book shelf at Croton library
Recommended for: biography lovers

I loved the first half which was a biography of Emily Dickenson. Fascinating how nature and nurture shape her; because she is an epileptic, and in those days this was a shameful matter that had to be kept from the public, she was a "hermit" (in her own words), but this showcased her eloquence, giving her so much peace for introspection.The feud over her work, fought between her sister, sister in law , niece, and of all people the woman her brother had an affair with, was not as interesting to me, though I kept going and liked the book and reccommend it, in its entirety.Intrerspersed in the book is a lot of lovely Emily poetry, familiar ,and less familiar.

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