What I love about both Emily Dickinson and Jerome Charyn's writing - none of that.
The book is well written and lets the Emily that resides in Charyn's mind become one that shows her passion, humor, and brilliant writing ability.
"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry," she once wrote.
This book, written in the first person by "Emily Dickinson," is interesting throughout--but I didn't buy that it was accurate in the least. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Helen Bennett
I tried to read it, but it was so unlike anything Emily Dickinson, I had to throw it away. What was the author thinking?! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Helena Lundgren
If I were to meet Monsieur Charyn in person, I should feel compelled to curtsy and thank him profusely for his quite wonderful and engaging book ... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wanda Lea Brayton
When I began preparing to play the role of Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst, naturally I read Emily's letters, many biographies about her, scholarly articles and more. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sindalee
In the first 25 pages or so, I thought this was going to be a really good read about ED. But the deeper I read, the more trouble I had with it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by JM
Quirky, yet factual, I really got a sense Emily Dickinson as a person! I absolutely loved Charyn's style; he is a true fan of Emily in that he honors her as she was and does not... Read morePublished 19 months ago by HSwanson
Jerome Charyn's "Secret Life of Emily Dickinson" is tremendously moving and atmospheric. I've read extensively through the three volumes of her personal correspondence, and (to my... Read morePublished 23 months ago by kelsie
At page 120, I could see no redeeming qualities in this book. In disgust, I stuffed it into the recycle bin so it would not fall into anyone else's hands. Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by C. Hermes
Good book. If you like Emily Dickinson or reading books on the lives of poets this book is written as a biography in almost a story-novel form. Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by TattingChic