Afternoons with Emily: A Novel (Hardcover)

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In mid-19th-century Amherst, Emily Dickinson is famous both for her notable family and for her reclusive ways, and only Miranda Chase, a smart girl with big plans for her own life, is allowed to enter the budding poet's very private world. At first, their Monday afternoon visits involve discussing books over piping hot cups of tea, but when Miranda begins exploring her own yearnings -- for love, for an education, even for a career -- she discovers that being a friend of Emily's is not without its dangers. The very charisma that has inspired her becomes a web of intrigue, and to escape it, Miranda will imperil her reputation, her independence, and even her dreams.

Drawing on letters, poems, and everything that is known about Dickinson's life, Afternoons With Emily is a vivid portrait of America's most famous poet, a coming-of age story that spans the Civil War, and a tale of two brilliant women who each chose to break with convention and live life on their own terms.

About the Author

Rose Chatfield-Taylor MacMurray was born in 1921 in Chicago. She attended Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut, a boarding school for girls, and in 1939 she attended Bennington College for one year, after which she married Frank Goodnow MacMurray. They lived in McLean, VA, where they raised three children. In her later years, she taught a much-loved poetry course in the Fairfax County school system, where she was known as "The Poetry Lady". She passed away in 1997.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316017602
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: April 24th, 2007
Pages: 480