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Born Too Soon, Born Too Late:

The Extraordinary Story of the Mother and Daughter who Brought Emily Dickinson’s Genius to Light.

Julie Dobrow, Author of After Emily

Presented in Partnership with The Victorian Society New York

Tuesday, April 2nd AT THE GENERAL SOCIETY LIBRARY

The program starts at 6:30 P.M. – Q&A, BOOK-SIGNING & RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

Despite Emily Dickinson’s world renown, the story of the two Victorian women most responsible for her initial posthumous publication―Mabel Loomis Todd and her daughter, Millicent Todd Bingham―have remained in the shadows of the archives. In Julie Dobrow’s book, After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet, she provides a rich and compelling portrait of these two women. In this program, Ms. Dobrow will explore their complex bond, as well as the powerful literary legacy they shared.

Mabel Loomis Todd’s tangled relationships with the Dickinsons―including a thirteen-year extramarital relationship with Emily Dickinson’s brother, Austin―roiled the small town of Amherst, Massachusetts. After Dickinson’s death, Loomis Todd’s connection to the family led her to the enormous trove of poems Emily left behind. So began the herculean task of transcribing, editing, and promoting Dickinson’s work, a task that would consume and complicate the lives of both Loomis Todd and her daughter. As the popularity of the poems grew, legal issues arose between the Dickinson and Todd families, dredging up their scandals: the affair, the ownership of Dickinson’s poetry, and the right to define the so-called "Belle of Amherst."

After Emily sheds light on the importance of the earliest editions of Emily’ Dickinson’s work―including the controversial editorial decisions made to introduce her singular genius to the world―and reveals the surprising impact the Todds had on the poet we know today.

Julie Dobrow is Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Tufts University in Medford, MA. More informaton on Ms. Dobrow can found at www.juliedobrow.com

“Mesmerizing... If you’re interested in [Emily Dickinson], intellectual property issues, or juicy behind-the-scenes literary history, After Emily is your book.”

- Washington Post

20 WEST 44th Street (BETWEEN 5TH AND 6thAVENUES), New York City

Free Admission. Book-Signing and Reception to follow.

Advance registration is necessary

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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