The Modern Emily Dickinson: the Anti-Belle of Amherst | Behind the Bookcase (in-person)

Date / Time

  • July 7, 2022
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

Behind the Bookcase tours are sponsored by Robert K. Urquhart




The Belle of Amherst. The recluse who lived a life of quiet passion.  For a century the Emily Dickinson of public imagination  was confined to the decorous hall of The Nineteenth Century Poetess–eccentric, but never improper. But Emily was far more audacious and lively, a woman whose adventurous art and challenging ideas continue to resonate today. We‘ll look at letters in her own hand, re-examine the first editions of her works, and learn how her first editors reshaped her poetry to fit their own conceptions.  We’ll explore the myth of the Belle and give voice to the Modern Emily. 

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