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Emily & Herman: A Literary Romance Hardcover – April 1, 2013
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“[Healey] channels his venerable subjects in passages of coruscating beauty as he describes sensuous landscapes and the complex spiritual and moral quandaries preoccupying his brainy, wily, and yearning characters . . . . a genuinely insightful homage.” (Booklist)
“This is a wondrous and engaging novel. Healey lifts the lid off nineteenth century American Literature revealing the glory of possibility. I was deeply taken by his story.” (Jim Harrison)
Top Customer Reviews
a dreamy interlude that kept me suspended in disbelief throughout most of the book, whilst rescuing Emily from her
normally chaste corner of lit. history, a juicy Transcendentalist Triangle! and well written...
The stance of the author, the celebration of Melville, the counterpoints of Dickinson and of the puritan society they questioned but embraced, and also the celebration of New England, and of the family, and of respect, and of doing good.
Melville the acute social philosopher, the gifted and virtuous, the man of action, the myriad stories that concur, read flawlessly-the depth of thought and feeling communicated call for a film to be made -a film of many silences, for only silences can conjure the ardent intimacy of Melville's and Dickinson's own personnas.
Much more than a literary romance, a the cover informs, Emily and Herman is a light-filled impressionistic exhibition of scenes of young life, a counterpointic symphonic allegro of passions acknowledged and willingly restrained, a virtuoso's raptured improvisation, Herman and Emily playing out their roles of the moment in anguished expectation, life unrolling, setting its cast, and passing, an imprint, a stance of affirmation and generosity, without hesitations, pettiness or complications, fresh and mature, masterfully delivered...an endearing and enriching read. Congratulations and thanks to Mr. Healy.
Along with a fully realized evocation of mid-nineteenth century Amherst and New York City, John Healey manages to effectively write himself inside the minds of his subjects: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and Emily Dickenson. Their adventures and conversation had me absorbed.
Perhaps what I enjoyed most is the love story between the twenty-year-old Emily and the older married Melville. Persuasive and touching - Healey renders this unlikely pairing, this meeting of temperament and mind, most effectively.
There's a lot of laugh-out-loud earthy humor in the book as well! "Emily and Herman": highly recommended.
I read Emily & Herman when it first came out and two years later I still have vivid images of the story on my mind.
It truly feels much better if one believes that those imaginary encounters took place in real life.
Just read it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful story about 2 literary giants, and the world they lived in during the 19th century. Excellent historical story.Published on June 26, 2013 by Linda M Bryant
I really enjoyed this sweet love story between to literary icons. A brave plot that could so easily have been implausible was brought to life by the author with a sensitive and... Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by beach bunny
The book, Emily and Herman, doesn't deserve a review. I read it, then threw it out. There is no redeeming value to the dialogues or the plot. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Tomboy Annie
Such a beautiful story, brilliantly written, a great read, wonderful selection for a weekend get away or a beach read!Published on May 6, 2013 by Liz SACINO