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Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds Paperback – 7 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; Digital original edition (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184408454X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844084548
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""Lives Like Loaded Guns."..reads like a fabulous detective story, replete with hidden treasure, diabolical adversaries and a curse from one generation to the next...Gordon is fair to all...revealing their strengths and liabilities, and she corrects some of the inconsistencies of earlier biographies..."Abyss has no biographer," Dickinson warned future readers. But Gordon is not frightened of the pits and traps and the thousand masks that Emily wears. She takes us into undiscovered territory." -"The Washington Post " "Fascinating...[Gordon] shatters the Dickinson myth, revealing for the first time the twisted tale of how Dickinson came to be revered as "a harmless homebody shut off from live to suffer and contemplate a disappointment in love...".Brilliant literary detective work...Uncovering the mystery of why the mischievous, sensible creature who emerges from this biography hid from the world is where Gordon hits her stride...Gordon catches the poet's essence, allowing u

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* 'As rich as a novel by Henry James' DAILY TELEGRAPH
* 'Will do nothing less than revolutionise the way Dickinson is read for years' GUARDIAN
The definitive biography, out now in paperback

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