— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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August 29, 2010

Sunday Reading



Good morning! I've been juggling books to meet library due dates and upcoming plans, and I'm hoping to have time to finish Lives Like Loaded Guns, Lyndall Gordon's new biography of Emily Dickinson. I read a earlier biography (Alfred Habegger's My wars are laid away in books) several  years ago, so I remember some of the details of her life; this book promises more information on the family feud over her image and poetry that occurred after her death, so that should be interesting. {Speaking of interesting, there was a quick reference in the book - in a passage talking about old New England families like the Dickinsons) that tells us that T.S. Eliot was related to Abigail Adams. He was her nephew's grandson. That's just such an unexpected connection.  ED has just met his great-uncle, who shared an office in Washington with ED's father during his one term in Congress.}

Sue's food was stylish, while next door at the Homestead the emphasis was on home-grown produce, preserves, puddings and baking -- in 1857 Emily won a prize for her Indian bread at a local food fair.
Knowing I had this book on reserve, I had marked some events at the Emily Dickinson Museum on my calendar (including a poetry marathon and an Emily Dickinson baking contest!) but I won't be able to go...so I'm glad to see the museum stays open through December. These events are part of the launch for an exhibit called Art has a “Palate”: The Dickinsons and Dining, which is in turn part of a group program called Table for 10: The Art, History and Science of Food at ten area museums. So definitely something I should save for a crisp Octoeer day. I've never been to Amherst! (I also read recently that the town has a great Saturday farmers' market.)

3 comments:

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

What an absolutely gorgeous picture that conjures up so many vivid visions in my head of a different time! A time that I'm sure I would have been simultaneously in love with, and also constantly worried about making sure I followed all of society's rules!

Vintage Reading said...

I loved the Emily Dickinson biog. Probably my favourite non-fiction read this year. Look forward to reading your thoughts.

Nan said...

What a beautiful, beautiful room. So soothing.

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