Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Emily Dickinson Marathon Reading

Broadcast Date: December 29, 2010

Today we present the first part of a marathon reading of the poetry of Emily Dickinson conducted at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, New York this past spring.  

Emily Dickinson was born in December,1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts.  As an adult she lived in virtual seclusion and died in Amherst in May of 1886.  
She started writing poetry as a teenager but her first surviving poem is from 1850. 

In today’s program we hear poems written in the 1850s and included in The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition edited by Ralph W. Franklin (The Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press, 1999) Franklin was the Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.  

The readers are all from the Bridgehampton area and include poets, a farmer, librarians, a public official, a photographer and bookseller and other lovers of literature.  

The marathon reading lasted most of a day.  Today we hear the first portion of the reading with these readers: 

Julie Sheehan, Dianne Youngblood, Fred Thiele, Kathy Engel, Steve Long, Marilee Foster, Virginia Tiger, Joanne Utley, Arkady Nebelsin, David Holmes, Kathryn Szoka and Marcia Mitrowski of the Hampton Library. 

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