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O'Karma's reading is very fine, especially of the letters--and, thank God, does not simper like "The Belle of Amherst." The selection is fair-handed. However, listeners should be aware that there are many points in the commentary that have since been disproven. See especially "Lives Like Loaded Guns" and other examples of the latest Dickinson scholarship. Much of the speculation about love affairs and melodrama in Dickinson's life, carried over from biased or unreliable biographies, is based on gossip and pure fantasy. Listeners should especially distrust any denigration of Emily Dickinson's abiding friendship with Susan Dickinson.
Here we have someone who just wanted to be left to her doings. At her death all her writings were found and instead of being destroyed they were kept. It took many years yet here they all are on audio book.
These should be ready by everyone for the lessons they contain.
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