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Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds Hardcover – 4 Feb 2010

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; 1st edition, 1st impression edition (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844084531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844084531
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,016,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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** 'This book is unforcedly and powerfully original (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

** 'Gordon takes the lid off the violent emotional life of the Dickinson family and its far-reaching effects on the poet's work. What she exposes is a seething Peyton Place of adultery, betrayal and lifelong feuding. Lyndall Gordon has opened the way to (LITERARY REVIEW)

** 'Gordon makes this story venomous, thrilling, shocking, impassioned and sometimes darkly farcical. The myth is Saint Emily. Gordon reveals the sarcastic, sexual, sophisticated, self-assured woman . . . Gordon's book makes you read Dickinson again with polished eyes: expect it on the prize lists soon (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

** 'As Gordon tells it, this story of the terrible fascination Dickinson exerted on her heirs is as rich as a novel by Henry James. There is the same complexity of motives, the same grim comedy . . . "Tell the truth but tell it slant" was Dickinson's advi (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

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* The acclaimed biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft, T.S. Eliot, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf and Henry James, turns now to the life of Emily Dickinson, one of America's best-loved poets

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