After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.6 X 1.3 X 9.4 inches | 1.75 pounds
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About the Author

Julie Dobrow is a professor and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Tufts University. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine and the Huffington Post, among others. She lives outside of Boston.


Julie Dobrow has grabbed a tiger by the tail in her skillful reanalysis of Mabel Loomis Todd's role in recognizing, preserving, publishing, and promoting Emily Dickinson's powerful poetry...Dobrow weaves the vitality of the personal into her scholarship, surprising and enlightening readers about one of America's greatest literary rescues.--Polly Longsworth, author of Austin and Mabel
The entire nuanced and complicated story of Mabel Loomis Todd, Millicent Todd Bingham, and Emily Dickinson is ours at last in this diligently sourced and compellingly written history.--Marianne Curling, Curator of the Amherst Historical Society
Dobrow's skillful account of Mabel's and Millicent's lives makes this page-turner a must-read for the poet's most ardent fans.
[Dobrow] recount[s], with sympathy and nuance, Todd's near obsession with editing Dickinson... [A] fresh, remarkable account.
Dobrow authoritatively traces the tortuous editorial and publication process that first brought Dickinson's work to public attention, and sensitively explores her subjects' interior lives... Impeccably researched...Dobrow's narrative gives a fascinating glimpse into the lives of two tireless advocates for Dickinson's work.
Long overdue... At the end of her book, Ms. Dobrow wonders what Mabel and Millicent would think of her good work. Doubtless, they'd be very pleased.--Brenda Wineapple
[Dobrow] serves as a kind of fiercely clever detective in stitching together Todd's remarkable influence and all the other little intrigues behind the marketing of Dickinson and her legacy.