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About the Author
Daniela Gioseffi is an American Book Award winning author of sixteen books of poetry and prose, and two grant awards in poetry from the New York State Council for the Arts, as well as the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry and a short fiction award from PEN American Center. She is with the Emily Dickinson Scholars Registry, and the forward to her biographical novel on Dickinson is a non-fiction essay first publised in The Chelsea Literary Review to receive praise from Galway Kinnell, Alice Quinn and Robert Hass among others.
One can't do better than quote Barbara Kelly, Book Review Editor of The Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin who wrote of the hardcopy version: "A page turning tale of a bitter sweet love affair (1857-1865)...Gioseffi, a compelling storyteller, cleverly incorporates Dickinson's poems, capturing the intellectual, cultural, and political ideas and voices of the 19th century...The novel is alive with detail and heartfelt emotion...Gioseffi introduces a Dickinson most readers have not met before." (The e-novel edition is slightly different than the 2010 hardcopy version and puts the non-fiction afterword upfront as a foreword. Some minor errata, spelling and punctuation, etc., are also corrected since publication of the hardcopy version.) The drama of the novel is based on careful research and findings disclosed in the foreword, "Lover of Science and Scientist in Dark Days of the Republic, first published in The Chelsea Review of Literature, a respected magazine funded by The NY State Council for the Arts. The foreword is edifying, indeed! Even if one is not a Dickinson scholar, this is an interesting love story and discloses the mores of 19th Century New England with historical accuracy. It's a page turner even if one is not a great Dickinson fan. Dickinson's poems are included within the story and given new meaning in context of this very plausible drama of her life in the midst of the Civil War. Robert Hass, former US Poet Laureate wrote that he enjoyed the way Gioseffi's foreword evoked Dickinson and her era. Galway Kinnell, Pulitzer and National Book Award winning poet/author, found the foreword stimulating and believable and encouraged Gioseffi to make a book of her essay. One is very pleased that she took his advice and wrote the book based on its non-fiction foreword. Highly recommended reading! You will see Dickinson and her texts in a whole new light.