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The Slanted Life of Emily Dickinson: America's Favorite Recluse Just Got a Life! Paperback – March 7, 2017
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"In the age of smartphones and infinitesimal attention spans, how to keep alive the work of a contemplative nineteenth century poet who rarely left her room? Rosanna Bruno’s speculative look at Emily Dickinson’s social media feed is so hysterical you may find yourself with a case of the vapors. Her cartoons are ridiculously funny, but they also incorporate a serious look at the poet’s life, friends, and work. Emily Dickinson probably did not have a bong in her room, or belt out Janis Joplin at karaoke night—but imagining these slant versions brings her alive in a delightful new way." (Alison Bechdel)
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Rosanna Bruno is a visual artist and based in NY, where she makes paintings, comics, and — sometimes—a mess. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in 2012. Her paintings have been exhibited internationally, and her cartoons have been published in BOMB magazine and featured in The Daily Beast and The Toast, among other publications.
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There isn't a lot known about the life of Emily Dickinson, so Rosanna Bruno invents one based on what we do know. She also imagines what this poet might be doing in our modern age, so there are OKCupid, Yelp and other social media pages. There is a review of her house as an airbnb. There is fictional early school work and correspondence. There are lots of references to birds and death.
But there are also phrases from the works of Emily Dickinson woven in as well. Initially, I thought this was going to be a snarky take on a misunderstood person from an older time, but by the end, I felt like it was done in tribute and with affection. Perhaps this will create new poetry fans.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
Each page is largely an illustration to fit in with a line or section of poetry. The illustrations are black and white pencil drawings or scribbles that really fit with this type of book. If you are a student of Dickinson, someone who has knowledge of her personal life, this book will tickle your fancy, if not, you might have difficulty "getting it". Thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of this book via Netgalley.