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Welcome! This is a blog about literature and books that are critical to any social discourse: literary, cultural, racial, gender-based. A blog for humanists, scholars, the curious, and thinkers and thinkeresses.

The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel - Jerome Charyn

Secret, close, erotic, delicate; this book is a quiet psychological masterpiece. It takes us inside the closeted, introverted, insular mind of the young Emily Dickinson, who would forever be characterized in history as "the virgin recluse".


This novel is so effective in providing the landscape of the interior mind, and of the close and sometimes near-obsessive nature of it. 


Masterfully and intricately written.