These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.6 X 1.4 X 8.3 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Martha Ackmann, author of These Fevered Days, Curveball, and The Mercury 13, writes about women who have changed America. The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, Ackmann taught a popular seminar on Dickinson at Mount Holyoke College and lives in western Massachusetts.


This utterly enchanting book invites us into the world Emily Dickinson inhabited and made. With exquisite sensitivity to poet and place, Martha Ackmann illuminates a life simple and complex. Treasures abound on every page.--Ellen Fitzpatrick, author of The Highest Glass Ceiling
Martha Ackmann is a rare scholar. She is steeped in her subject's work, but also fills her book with the light and sounds of Dickinson's home. Dickinson is at once the most mysterious and yet most accessible of American poets, and she led what has been called the most remarkable unremarkable life in American letters. Ackmann does justice to this creative paradox in her warm and stirring book.--Cullen Murphy, Editor-at-Large for the Atlantic
The Emily Dickinson who emerges in this vivid, affectionate chronicle is a complex and warm-blooded individual--as curious, defiant of convention, and passionate in life as in her poems.
Enjoyable and absorbing...Dickinson--a poet of those small, insignificant moments that suddenly blossom into wide, disturbing vistas of significance--fits Ackmann's model neatly.--Scott Bradfield
Ackmann conducted extensive research and relied on Dickinson's letters to create a sense of her interior life...[She] weaves those clues together beautifully in prose that reads like page-turning fiction...[A] wonderful biography that illustrates the complexity of Dickinson's life.--Elizabeth Lund
Highly readable...By the end, you'll be a believer, in part because of Ackmann's grasp on her subject--both the mountains of scholarship on Dickinson as well as the poet's historical and cultural milieu--and Ackmann's own formidable gifts as a storyteller.--Ann Levin
These Fevered Days is a contemplative, sometimes lyrical effort to unlock several of the most important moments of Emily Dickinson's mysterious life. The book brings readers deeply into Emily's world: the sights she sees from the window of her room, the people with whom she corresponds, the sounds of daily life on the streets of nineteenth-century Amherst. Weaving together numerous sources, Ackmann's narrative provides thoughtful insights into both the poet and her craft.--Julie Dobrow, author of After Emily