Me vs. The Victorian Novel

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I tried reading Persuasion.  I really did. I am aware that I have blind spots in my education, and I feel more than a little bit of anxiety about the fact that I haven’t read everything that I wish I had.  Consequently, when I have some time to read, I go to the bookstore and […]

Is This Emily Dickinson?

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This photograph, taken in the 1850s, may be only the second known image of the reclusive American poet. In a letter to her friend, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Emily Dickinson described her personal appearance with these lines: “[I] am small, like the Wren, and my hair is bold, like the Chestnut bur–and my eyes, like the Sherry […]