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Poems & Letters of Emily Dickinson Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook, Unabridged


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Caedmon; Unabridged edition (November 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898455952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898455953
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,089,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Known as The Myth of Amherst for her withdrawal from society while still a young women, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) had an inner life that was deeply emotional and intense. She know rapture and despair, pondered the wonder of God and the meaning of death. She broke tradition and was criticized for her seminal experiments with unorthodox phrasing, rhyme and broken meter, within concise verse forms, thus becoming an innovator and forerunner of modern poets.

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Emily Dickinson led a private and enigmatic life; to understand her unique talent, one must turn to her writings. This collection of poetry and letters provides an excellent primer. The readings are rendered by Julie Harris in brilliant form. Harris conveys a deep understanding of the poems and this insight gives the listener a clear vision of the writer's intense inner life. Harris reads the poetry in a manner which reflects a full range of emotion--from delicacy to energetic power--as the text dictates. She reads the letters with a simple honesty which evokes a deep response. The beauty of the readings takes us on a journey, enlightening the writings and life of this most individual of poetic talents. s.l.d. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on June 14, 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
I owned this on vinyl but it wore out, because I have been kind of obsessed with Emily for 25 years. Julie Harris is a great choice to voice the reclusive poet. Also good is Julie's original cast performance of the one-woman play, "Belle of Amherst". Somebody needs to issue a CD (or two of them) with that play, by William Luce, and this cassette included. There have been a few recorded readings of Emily's poems and/or letters over the decades which were not particularly well-done, but Caedmon was always a classy label and did projects right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Leutwiler on March 7, 2007
Format: Audio Cassette
I have just spent some weeks in Emily Dickinson territory and actually met several young women who ressembled her in various ways. For me her tragically short life has always been a mystery.

Hearing the letters and many poems read so beautifully, with so much empathy, is better than just reading her poems to oneself. Most of the most important material is covered here. Perhaps a 15 minute introduction to her life would be a fine addition.

I have to confess that I love audio books and have many (poetry and/or Shakespeare and Joyce, mostly.) The Caedman collection is one of the best. I hope they will bring this out on CDs or include it in some type of DVD project, since this wonderful material would be perfect for the class room and for hours of enjoyment at home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RAYC on February 11, 2010
Format: Audio Cassette
These are great tapes. I've listened to these and read Emily for years and it just does not seem like anyone wants to put these tapes out on CD. Not cost effective I guess. 2010 and still no CD's oh well. This is my letter to the world and the world doesn't write back...
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