White Heat

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Anchor #ad - White heat is the first book to portray the remarkable relationship between America's most beloved poet and the fiery abolitionist who first brought her work to the public. As the civil war raged, an unlikely friendship was born between the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a literary figure who ran guns to Kansas and commanded the first Union regiment of black soldiers.

White Heat #ad - When dickinson sent higginson four of her poems he realized he had encountered a wholly original genius; their intense correspondence continued for the next quarter century. In white heat brenda wineapple tells an extraordinary story about poetry, and love, politics, one that sheds new light on her subjects and on the roiling America they shared.

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Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds

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Penguin Books #ad - In 1882, emily dickinson's brother austin began a passionate love affair with Mabel Todd, a young Amherst faculty wife, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. Lyndall gordon, and reveals emily as a very different woman from the pale, an award-winning biographer, tells the riveting story of the Dickinsons, lovelorn recluse that exists in the popular imagination.

Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds #ad - Thanks to unprecedented use of letters, diaries, and legal documents, to reveal the secret behind the poet's insistent seclusion, spiritual sustenance, Gordon digs deep into the life and work of Emily Dickinson, and presents a woman beyond her time who found love, and immortality all on her own terms.

The feud that erupted as a result has continued for over a century. An enthralling story of creative genius, filled with illicit passion and betrayal, Lives Like Loaded Guns is sure to cause a stir among Dickinson's many devoted readers and scholars.

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Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 American History

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Harper #ad - Q. A new york times notable book of 2013a kirkus best book of 2013a bookpage best book of 2013Dazzling in scope, craved new lands and new freedom, Ecstatic Nation illuminates one of the most dramatic and momentous chapters in America's past, when the country dreamed big, and was bitterly divided over its great moral wrong: slavery.

With a canvas of extraordinary characters, such as P. Lamar, and it astutely chronicles the complex aftermath of that war and Reconstruction, Ecstatic Nation brilliantly balances cultural and political history: It's a riveting account of the sectional conflict that preceded the Civil War, including the promise that women would share in a new definition of American citizenship.

Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 American History #ad - Barnum, walt whitman, Frederick Douglass, and L. C. T. It takes us from photographic surveys of the Sierra Nevadas to the discovery of gold in the South Dakota hills, and it signals the painful, thrilling birth of modern America. An epic tale by award-winning author brenda Wineapple, the failures, Ecstatic Nation lyrically and with true originality captures the optimism, and the tragic exuberance of a renewed Republic.

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The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

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Random House #ad - With profound insights and making use of extensive research, Brenda Wineapple dramatically evokes this pivotal period in American history, when the country was rocked by the first-ever impeachment of a sitting American president. Grant. A landmark study. Ron chernow, pulitzer Prize–winning author of Grant.

And she brings to vivid life the extraordinary characters who brought that impeachment forward: the willful Johnson and his retinue of advocates—including complicated men like Secretary of State William Seward—as well as the equally complicated visionaries committed to justice and equality for all, Frederick Douglass, Charles Sumner, like Thaddeus Stevens, and Ulysses S.

The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation #ad - Congress was divided over how the union should be reunited: when and how the secessionist South should regain full status, whether former Confederates should be punished, and when and whether black men should be given the vote. Theirs was a last-ditch, fair, and constitutional effort to render the goals of the Civil War into reality and to make the Union free, patriotic, and whole.

Praise for the impeachers “in this superbly lyrical work, Brenda Wineapple has plugged a glaring hole in our historical memory through her vivid and sweeping portrayal of President Andrew Johnson’s 1868 impeachment. With the unchecked power of executive orders, Johnson ignored Congress, pardoned rebel leaders, opposed civil rights, promoted white supremacy, and called Reconstruction unnecessary.

She serves up not simply food for thought but a veritable feast of observations on that most trying decision for a democracy: whether to oust a sitting president.

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My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson

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Random House #ad - Habegger discovers the best available answers to the pressing questions about the poet: was she lesbian? who was the person she evidently loved? Why did she refuse to publish and why was this refusal so integral an aspect of her work? Habegger also illuminates many of the essential connection sin Dickinson’s story: between the decay of doctrinal Protestantism and the emergence of her riddling lyric vision; between her father’s political isolation after the Whig Party’s collapse and her private poetic vocation; between her frustrated quest for human intimacy and the tuning of her uniquely seductive voice.

The definitive treatment of dickinson’s life and times, and of her poetic development, My Wars Are Laid Away in Books shows how she could be both a woman of her era and a timeless creator. Although many aspects of her life and work will always elude scrutiny, her living, changing profile at least comes into focus in this meticulous and magisterial biography.

My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson #ad - In this exhaustively researched biography, Alfred Habegger presents the first thorough account of Dickinson’s growth–a richly contextualized story of genius in the process of formation and then in the act of overwhelming production. Building on the work of former and contemporary scholars, contemporary women's writing, My Wars Are Laid Away in Books brings to light a wide range of new material from legal archives, congregational records, and previously unpublished fragments of Dickinson’s own letters.

One reason she has become a timeless icon of mystery for many readers is that her developmental phases have not been clarified. Emily dickinson, probably the most loved and certainly the greatest of American poets, continues to be seen as the most elusive.

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Hawthorne: A Life

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Random House #ad - Hawthorne himself declared that he was not “one of those supremely hospitable people who serve up their own hearts, delicately fried, with brain sauce, as a tidbit” for the public. The novels and tales, the incidental writings, letters and diaries reverberate in this biography, travel notes and children’s books, which both charts and protects the dark unknowable core that is quintessentially Hawthorne.

In him, the quest of his generation for an authentically American voice bears disquieting fruit. Yet those who knew him best often took the opposite position. Here is the man rooted in salem, reared partly in the wilds of western Maine, of an old pre-Revolutionary family, Massachusetts, then schooled along with Longfellow at Bowdoin College.

Hawthorne: A Life #ad - Those vibrant, independent women continue to haunt the imagination, humiliates, although Hawthorne often punishes, or kills them, as if exorcising that which enthralls. Deep as dante, ” Herman Melville said. Handsome, then playful, reserved, almost frighteningly aloof until he was approached, cordial, Nathaniel Hawthorne was as mercurial and double-edged as his writing.

Here are his idyllic marriage to the youngest and prettiest of the Peabody sisters and his longtime friendships, including with Margaret Fuller, the notorious feminist writer and intellectual. Here too is hawthorne at the end of his days, but considered as well to be an embarrassing puzzle by the Boston intelligentsia, revered as a genius, isolated by fiercely held political loyalties that placed him against the Civil War and the currents of his time.

Brenda wineapple navigates the high tides and chill undercurrents of Hawthorne’s fascinating life and work with clarity, nuance, and insight.

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The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition

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Belknap Press #ad - R. Franklin, punctuation, the largest number ever assembled—rendered with Dickinson's spelling, the foremost scholar of Dickinson’s manuscripts, has prepared an authoritative one-volume edition of all extant poems by Emily Dickinson—1, 789 poems in all, and capitalization intact. W.

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Walt Whitman Speaks: His Final Thoughts on Life, Writing, Spirituality, and the Promise of America: A Library of America Special Publication

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Library of America #ad - Here, emerson, and tolstoy, and lincoln, his literary judgments on writers such as Shakespeare, too, Goethe, is the poet’s more personal side—his vivid memories of Thoreau, and his expressions of hope in the democratic promise of the nation he loved. For the whitman bicentennial, a delightful keepsake edition of the incomparable wisdom of America's greatest poet, distilled from his fascinating late-in-life conversations with Horace Traubel.

Toward the end of his life, new jersey, Walt Whitman was visited almost daily at his home in Camden, by the young poet and social reformer Horace Traubel. Here is whitman the sage, champion of expansiveness and human freedom. The result is a keepsake edition to touch the soul, capturing the distilled wisdom of America’s greatest poet.

Walt Whitman Speaks: His Final Thoughts on Life, Writing, Spirituality, and the Promise of America: A Library of America Special Publication #ad - In walt whitman speaks, acclaimed author brenda Wineapple draws from Traubel’s extensive interviews an extraordinary gathering of Whitman’s observations that conveys the core of his ethos and vision. After each visit, traubel meticulously recorded their conversation, transcribing with such sensitivity that Whitman’s friend John Burroughs remarked that he felt he could almost hear the poet breathing.

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Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics

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Oxford University Press #ad - In dickinson unbound, alexandra Socarides takes readers on a journey through the actual steps and stages of Emily Dickinson's creative process. As the first authoritative study of dickinson's material and compositional methods, composition, but advocates for a critical methodology that insists on the study of manuscripts, this book not only transforms our ways of reading Dickinson, and material culture for poetry of the nineteenth century and thereafter.

In so doing, socarides reveals a Dickinsonian poetics starkly different from those regularly narrated by literary history. Dickinson unbound gives us a Dickinson at once more accessible and more complex than previously imagined. Here, at times, dickinson is transformed from an elusive poetic genius whose poems we have interpreted in a vacuum into an author who employed surprising and, surprisingly conventional methods to wholly new effect.

Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics #ad - . In chapters that deftly balance attention to manuscripts, readings of poems, and a consideration of literary and material culture, Socarides takes up each of the five major stages of Dickinson's writing career: copying poems onto folded sheets of stationery; inserting and embedding poems into correspondence; sewing sheets together to make fascicles; scattering loose sheets; and copying lines on often torn and discarded pieces of household paper.

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A Companion to Emily Dickinson Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture

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Wiley-Blackwell #ad - A Companion to Emily Dickinson Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture #ad - This companion to america?s greatest woman poet showcases the diversity and excellence that characterize the thriving field of Dickinson studies. Covers biographical approaches of dickinson, as well as opening up fresh areas of critical inquiry features new work being done in the critique of nineteenth-century American poetry generally, print, political and cultural contexts of her work, and its critical reception over the years Considers issues relating to the different formats in which Dickinson?s lyrics have been published ? manuscript, halftone and digital facsimile Provides incisive interventions into current critical discussions, as well as new work being done in Dickinson studies Designed to be used alongside the Dickinson Electronic Archives, the historical, an online resource developed over the past ten years.

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Henry David Thoreau: A Life

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University of Chicago Press #ad - A member of the vibrant intellectual circle centered on his neighbor Ralph Waldo Emerson, a radical political activist, he was also an ardent naturalist, a manual laborer and inventor, and more. His attempt to “live deliberately” in a small woods at the edge of his hometown of Concord has been a touchstone for individualists and seekers since the publication of Walden in 1854.

But there was much more to Thoreau than his brief experiment in living at Walden Pond. The result is a thoreau unlike any seen since he walked the streets of Concord, a Thoreau for our time and all time.  . What did that portend for the contemplative individual and abundant, wild nature that thoreau celebrated? Drawing on Thoreau’s copious writings, published and unpublished, Walls presents a Thoreau vigorously alive in all his quirks and contradictions: the young man shattered by the sudden death of his brother; the ambitious Harvard College student; the ecstatic visionary who closed Walden with an account of the regenerative power of the Cosmos.

Walden. Yesterday I came here to live. That entry from the journal of henry David Thoreau, and the intellectual journey it began, would by themselves be enough to place Thoreau in the American pantheon. And, thoreau the passionate naturalist, running through it all, who, long before the age of environmentalism, saw tragedy for future generations in the human heedlessness around him.

Henry David Thoreau: A Life #ad - The thoreau i sought was not in any book, so I wrote this one, ” says Walls. We meet the man whose belief in human freedom and the value of labor made him an uncompromising abolitionist; the solitary walker who found society in nature, but also found his own nature in the society of which he was a deeply interwoven part.

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