“We are a queer lot.”

At the height of the feud between his wife, sister Lavinia and his mistress, Austin Dickinson writes “This may all seem very queer to you, and it is. We are a queer lot.” This wasn’t merely a figure of speech.  The Dickinson family was indeed “a queer lot”. Thomas Wentworth Higginson referred to Emily, in particular, as “my partially cracked poetess in Amherst”.   These three … Continue reading “We are a queer lot.”

Emily Dickinson & Stephen Cobert – What Do They Have In Common? Absolutely Nothing!

It’s snowing in the Northeast.   Again.  Perfect reading weather.  Per fect non-fiction reading weather. At the moment I’m working my way through Lyndall Gordon’s Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson & Her Family’s Feuds.  It’s a shocking read!  I’ve learned from Gordon that the real Emily Dickinson (there’s no nice way to put this) was creepy.  And not in a cool, zombie kinda’ way. … Continue reading Emily Dickinson & Stephen Cobert – What Do They Have In Common? Absolutely Nothing!