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Emily Dickinson

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Definition U.S. poet noted for her mystical and unrhymed poems (1830-1886)
  • Emily Dickinson spent a year at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, but returned home due to homesickness. She seldom left her home. Later in life, she seldom left her room.
  • But it is hard to argue with Emily Dickinson.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • Or your beloved Emily Dickinson?
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • I mouth the names I read off the spines, at least the ones I can make out: Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • He made Allie go get his baseball mitt and then he asked him who was the best war poet, Rupert Brooke or Emily Dickinson.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • I am fond of Miss Emily Dickinson: No snikcidy lime, a contrary name with a delicious sour-green taste.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I mean, if you look at all the great people in history — Einstein, Michelangelo, Emily Dickinson — then you're looking at a bunch of weird people.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • "Like Emily Dickinson, I ain't afraid of slant rhyme / And that's the end of this verse; emcee's out on a high."
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • I think of Flaubert, who spent most of his adult life in the same French village, or Emily Dickinson, whose poems echoed the cadence of the local church bells.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • I watch as she puts checkmarks next to the books: The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois, poems by Emily Dickinson (any), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • An Emily Dickinson poem, "If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking," which Amanda read aloud at the lectern, after first welcoming everybody and thanking them for coming.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • That theatrical moment was only rivaled five years ago when an elegantly intoxicated friend sang Emily Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas."
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
  • I would end up in the art building, making instant coffee in the basement, and then sit for hours reading Emily Dickinson or Louise Bogan in the spring-shot sofas and chairs spotted throughout the building.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Andrews averaged fifteen to twenty books a week; his taste encompassed both trash and belle-lettres, and he liked poetry, Robert Frost's particularly, but he also admired Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and the comic poems of Ogden Nash.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • One need not be a Chamber — to be Haunted One need not be a House — The Brain has Corridors — surpassing Material Place — Ourself behind ourself, concealed — Should startle most — Assassin hid in our Apartment Be Horror's least...... — EMILY DICKINSON, C. 1863.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • I was determined that before our last leave-taking Sophie and Nathan would hear my voice; the indecency of the Reverend DeWitt having the final word was more than I could abide, and so I thumbed diligently through the section generously allotted to Emily Dickinson, in search of the loveliest statement I could find.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Yours with great admiration, Hazel Grace Lancaster (age 16) After I sent it, I called Augustus back, and we stayed up late talking about An Imperial Affliction, and I read him the Emily Dickinson poem that Van Houten had used for the title, and he said I had a good voice for reading and didn't pause too long for the line breaks, and then he told me that the sixth Price of Dawn book, The Blood Approves, begins with a quote from a poem.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • So, partly as a result of having internalized these attitudes through growing up with them, and partly as a result of growing a skin to protect myself against them, I went for years half-avoiding and half- resisting the opulence and extensiveness of poets as different as Wallace Stevens and Rainer Maria Rilke; crediting insufficiently the crystalline inwardness of Emily Dickinson, all those forked lightnings and fissures of association; and missing the visionary strangeness of Eliot.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson and Leaves of Grass.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • EMILY DICKINSON, c. 1860.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace

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