Only lightly dunked not steeped in emily dickinson lore i expected and rather hoped white heat by brenda wineapple to document a torrid love affair between the reclusive amherst poet and thomas wentworth higginson a 19th century man of the moment of whom i had never heard however what i discovered instead was a lovely tisane of the two . The first book to portray one of the most remarkable friendships in american letters that of emily dickinson recluse poet and thomas wentworth higginson minister literary figure active abolitionist their friendship began in 1862 the civil war was raging dickinson was thirty one higginson thirty eight a former pastor at the free church of worcester massachusetts he wrote often . Read an excerpt from brenda wineapples new emily dickinson autobiography white heat the friendship of emily dickinson and thomas wentworth higginson reprinted by thomas wentworth . White heat is the story of a famous friendship in american literature but it is much more than that wineapples decision to let higginsons life carry the narrative with dickinsons work providing the light from within the epiphanies is a stroke of structural genius worthy of dickinson herself. Read an excerpt from white heat the friendship of emily dickinson and thomas wentworth higginson by brenda wineapple
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