Our #NewBookoftheWeek: ‘Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds’

Our #NewBookoftheWeek is Lyndall Gordon’s biography, Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds. You can find a copy of the book on the “New Book Shelf” in Waterfield Library.

In 1882, Emily Dickinson’s brother, Austin, began an adulterous love affair with the accomplished and ravishing Mabel Todd, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. Award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon tells the story of the feud that erupted-and that still continues today. Making unprecedented use of letters, diaries, and legal documents, Gordon proposes a groundbreaking new solution to the secret behind the poet’s insistent seclusion, presenting a woman beyond her time who found love, spirituality, and immortality all on her own terms.

The first major biography of Dickinson in nearly ten years, Lives Like Loaded Guns is a highly acclaimed story of creative genius, illicit passion, and betrayal that will forever change the way we view one of America’s most important literary figures.

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