After Emily: A reading and book signing with Julie Dobrow

Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2PM at the Amherst Woman's Club at 35 Triangle Street

Produced in partnership with the Amherst Historical Society

 Free and open to the public

  Dobrow chronicles the lives of two of Emily Dickinson’s earliest champions and editors. . . . Impeccably researched using more than 700 boxes of the Todds’ personal documents, Dobrow’s narrative gives a fascinating glimpse into the lives of two tireless advocates for Dickinson’s work, demonstrating how poet and editors alike were ‘all women pushing up against the boundaries of their times.’”—Publishers Weekly

When Emily Dickinson died in 1886, she was unknown outside the circle of her family and friends. After her death, her sister Lavinia found the cache of nearly 1,800 poems and sought an editor who could decipher the confusing manuscripts and put them into publishable form. Though the poet never met Mabel Loomis Todd face-to-face, their correspondence afforded Todd the insight she would later need as she and her daughter Millicent Todd Bingham shaped Dickinson's literary legacy. 

For author Julie Dobrow, the story of Mabel and Millicent’s lives and their integral role in editing and publicizing Emily Dickinson’s poems and shaping the myth of the so-called “Belle of Amherst” has been waiting in the archives. Now, in AFTER EMILY: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet  [W. W. Norton & Company; October 30, 2018] the full story behind Mabel and Millicent’s work is finally revealed.

After the reading stay for refreshments and have your book signed by the author! Books will be available for purchase. 


About the author: Julie Dobrow first became interested in Emily Dickinson when she was in college and routinely walked past the Dickinson homes in Amherst, Massachusetts. She devoured biographies of Emily and grew curious about Mabel, known only for her role as one of Emily’s first editors or as the lover of Austin Dickinson, Emily’s older brother. Dobrow began to work in the enormous archives of Mabel and Millicent’s papers at Yale University—neither woman ever threw out a scrap of paper—and the project began to grow. Dobrow is a professor with appointments in the department of Child Study and Human Development and the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and serves as director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Her writing has appeared in Boston Globe Magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. She lives outside of Boston.