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Emily Dickinson

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of Emily Dickinson, the now-celebrated poet of Amherst, who was prolific yet chose to publish few of her poems.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and works of Emily Dickinson, arguably the most startling and original poet in America in the C19th. According to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, her correspondent and mentor, writing 15 years after her death, "Few events in American literary history have been more curious than the sudden rise of Emily Dickinson into a posthumous fame only more accentuated by the utterly recluse character of her life and by her aversion to even a literary publicity." That was in 1891 and, as more of Dickinson's poems were published, and more of her remaining letters, the more the interest in her and appreciation of her grew. With her distinctive voice, her abundance, and her exploration of her private world, she is now seen by many as one of the great lyric poets.


Fiona Green
Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College

Linda Freedman
Lecturer in English and American Literature at University College London


Paraic Finnerty
Reader in English and American Literature at the University of Portsmouth

Producer: Simon Tillotson.

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Thu 11 May 2017 21:30


Fiona Green at the University of Cambridge

Linda Freedman at University College London

Paraic Finnerty at the University of Portsmouth

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Emily Dickinson - Wikipedia



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Marietta Messmer, A Vice for Voices: Reading Emily Dickinson’s Correspondence (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001)

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Shira Wolosky, Emily Dickinson: A Voice of War (Yale University Press, 1984)


Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Fiona Green
Interviewed Guest Linda Freedman
Interviewed Guest Paraic Finnerty
Producer Simon Tillotson


  • Thu 11 May 2017 09:00
  • Thu 11 May 2017 21:30

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