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.
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