The Dickinsons of Amherst
Photography by Jerome LieblingCloth: $29.95
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|Cloth Publication Date:||09/01/2001|
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. . . When she died, she [Emily Dickinson] left a drawer crammed with hundreds of poems that engage the shimmer between the living and dead-as this book does. Unreachable through either words or pictures alone, the effect of this multidimensional book is to break your heart.
Mr. Liebling’s evocative photographs . . . effectively capture the spirit of the two houses. They focus on poignant images like a light-struck glass knob at the Homestead, which casts ghostly reflections on a white door; worn stone steps in Emily’s garden; her plain white dress, preserved in a glass case; a nest of scuffed children’s shoes stored at the Evergreens; and the long march of picket fence along Main Street-now gone-that once united the two homes.
--New York Times, (Weekend Excursion)
The beautiful photographs and insightful essays in The Dickinsons of Amherst offer fresh retellings of [the Dickinson story] . . . The essays, Liebling’s photographs and older photos from the heyday of the Dickinsons in Amherst interact beautifully . . . [the book] illuminates the poet and her work in incandescent ways.
Visitors to either house who peruse the book will marvel at [Liebling’s] artistry, at the way he can home in on a detail and make it stand for something larger, just as Dickinson did in her spare verses.
--Boston Globe, 'Life at Home' section
It is not easy to dismiss (as mere sentiment) the feeling that these lives are better than ours-not easier, but better. Their taste is more sure than ours, their style more confident, their passions more intense and more pure. Even the outgrown shoes of their children are more beautiful than the shoes in our attics. Or, perhaps it is only the simple, eloquent perfection of Liebling’s photographs that makes it seem so.
--John Szarkowski, Director of Photography (Emeritus), Museum of Modern Art, New York City
JEROME LIEBLING's photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Getty Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and many other museums and galleries in the U.S. as well as England, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Japan. His work is in permanent collections of major museums throughout the world. He is a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and has had many monographs of his work published. CHRISTOPHER BENFEY teaches in the English Department at Mount Holyoke College. He is author of Emily Dickinson: Lives of a Poet (1986) and Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Others (1984). POLLY LONGSWORTH is author of The World of Emily Dickinson (1990) and Austin and Mabel: The Amherst Affair & Love Letters of Austin Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd (1984). She is currently at work on a new biography of Dickinson. BARTON LEVI ST. ARMAND teaches in the English Department at Brown University. He is author of Emily Dickinson and Her Culture: The Soul's Society (1984).