We Dickinsons : The Life of Emily Dickinson as seen through the eyes of her brother Austin by Aileen Fisher and Olive Rabe ; Decorations by Ellen Raskin
New York : Atheneum, 1965. First edition. Stated. Hardcover. 246 pages ; plans ; 22 cm. Price clipped dust jacket with minimal wear. Small owner address label on front endpaper. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding firm.
When Emily Dickinson withdrew from the Society of Amherst, Massachusetts, a light went on in her room that burned until her death in 1886. She was writing poems—hundreds upon hundreds of poems —that her sister Vinnie later discovered stuffed in a bureau drawer. During her lifetime, no one had guessed at the magnitude of her output.
Emily's outer world was bounded by the hedge around the Homestead on Main Street and filled with her books and the flowers from her garden and conservatory. But as she became more involved with her creative inner life, her white-clad figure in the garden became a rare sight. There was the writing to be done, and the light burned.
So illusive is Emily Dickinson's solitary life, that only in the poems and letters, in effect the light she cast on the members of her family and friends, were the biographers able to find the living person: the child growing up with an active and close-knit family; the young woman following, at first, the conventions of life in the small New England town; and, always, the poet whose inner vision saw the rarest images in the world she finally shut out.
Aiken Fisher & Olive Kobe
share a log cabin in the foothills to the west of Boulder, Colorado where they write books, sometimes together, sometimes separately. Their collaboration on We Dickinsons came about through a mutual absorption with Emily Dickinson's "life of joyous seclusion" and her flamelike poems of nature, love and immortality.
Miss Fisher has written verse, plays and more than thirty books, mainly for children, including the ALA Notable Books: Going Barefoot, Where Does Everyone Go? and My Cousin Abe; and her most recent verse picture book, Listen, Rabbit. She is an amateur mountain climber, wood sculptor and carpenter, and helped to build the log cabin she and Mrs. Rabe live in.
Mrs. Rabe attended the University of Chicago and practiced law in Chicago for fifteen years, from 1916-1932. Her popular legal articles have been published in American Magazine, Country Home and Reader's Digest. With Aileen Fisher, she has written United Nations Plays and Programs and Patriotic Plays and Programs, and has hiked over many a good-sized mountain.
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