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Becoming Emily

The Life of Emily Dickinson

Krystyna Poray Goddu


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Emily Dickinson wrote short, often enigmatic poems that are widely read and quoted by people of every age. Yet, as well known as her poetry is, Dickinson as a person is considered to have been a mysterious recluse—a silent figure who wore only white, wrote in secret, never left her home, and had no interest in sharing her poetry. In Becoming Emily, young readers will learn how as a child, an adolescent, and well into adulthood, Dickinson was a lively social being with a warm family life. Highly educated for a girl of her era, she actively engaged in both the academic and social aspects of the schools she attended until she was nearly eighteen. Her family and friends were important to her, and she was a prolific, thoughtful, and witty correspondent who shared many poems with her closest friends and relatives. This indispensable resource includes photos, full-length poems, letter excerpts, a time line, source notes, and a bibliography to present a vivid portrait of this singular American poet.

Praise For Becoming Emily: The Life of Emily Dickinson

“Emily Dickinson and her world come to life in this beautifully written, well-researched tribute to one of our great poets. Kids’ nonfiction at its best.” —Susanna Reich, Author of Minette’s Feast and José! Born to Dance

"With select poems, revealing passages from letters, and a richly detailed narrative, this thorough study is sure to entice middle-grade readers to explore one of the 19th century's greatest poets." - Kirkus Reviews

"An excellent companion for those reading or studying her poetry." --Booklist

Chicago Review Press, 9780897330039, 176pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 2019

About the Author

Krystyna Poray Goddu is the author of A Girl Called Vincent and An Unlikely Ballerina and coauthor, with Krystyna Mihulka, of Krysia. She has contributed to American Girl magazine, Publishers Weekly, the New York Times Book Review, and the Riverbank Review of Books for Young Readers.