These fevered days Ten pivotal moments in the making of Emily Dickinson

Martha Ackmann

Book - 2020

"An engaging, intimate portrait of Emily Dickinson, one of America's greatest and most-mythologized poets, that sheds new light on her groundbreaking poetry. On August 3, 1845, young Emily Dickinson declared, "All things are ready"-and with this resolute statement, her life as a poet began. Despite spending her days almost entirely "at home" (the occupation listed on her death certificate), Dickinson's interior world was extraordinary. She loved passionately, ambivalent toward publication, embraced seclusion, and created 1,789 poems that she tucked into a dresser drawer. In These Fevered Days, Martha Ackmann unravels the mysteries of Dickinson's life through ten decisive episodes that distill her evolution as a poet. Ackmann follows Dickinson through her religious crisis while a student at Mount Holyoke, her startling decision to ask a famous editor for advice, her anguished letters to an unidentified "Master," her exhilarating frenzy of composition, and her terror in confronting possible blindness. Together, these ten days provide new insights into Dickinson's wildly original poetry and render a concise and vivid portrait of American literature's most enigmatic figure"--

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New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc [2020]
First edition
Physical Description
xxiii, 278 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Martha Ackmann (author)
  • All things are ready
  • It is hard for me to give up the world
  • I've been in the habit myself of writing some few things
  • Decided to be distinguished
  • Taller feet
  • Are you too deeply occupied to say if my verse is alive?
  • Bulletins all day from immortality
  • You were not aware that you saved my life
  • Success is counted sweetest
  • Called back.