Lives Like Loaded Guns

Lives Like Loaded Guns

Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds

By Lyndall Gordon

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143119142, 491pp.

Publication Date: May 31, 2011

""Lives Like Loaded Guns."..reads like a fabulous detective story... Gordon] takes us into undiscovered territory." --"The Washington Post"
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.

About the Author
Lyndall Gordon lives in Oxford, England. She is the author of highly acclaimed biographies of Virginia Woolf, Charlotte Bronte, T. S. Eliot, and Henry James. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Senior Research Fellow at St. Hilda's College, Oxford.