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12 Spruce Street

Acton, MA 01720

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We are thrilled to have Julie Dobrow to the bookstore to read from her new novel, After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet.

After Emily is a mother/daughter biography of Mabel and her only child, Millicent Todd Bingham and their journey in bringing the writings of Emily Dickinson to the world. Mabel had a long complex relationship with the Dickinson family, including a lengthy affair with Emily's brother Austin. It was after Emily's death when Mabel brought her writing to life. But she couldn't do it alone, and encouraged Millicent to assist her.

The multi-faceted passions in both Mabel and Millicent’s lives ultimately resulted in controversies over the editing and ownership of Dickinson’s poetry, in her papers being split up, and in battles over the right to define the so-called “Belle of Amherst.” This is a story that has never before been fully told.

Julie first become interested in the life of Mabel when reading a biography of Emily Dickinson. Soon she discovered over 700 boxes of Mabel's and Millicent's untouched papers, including journals, letters and thousands of pictures. Through these items, Julie is now able to share the untold story of these two fasinating women.

“The biographical material related to Emily Dickinson’s legacy is the work’s driving force, but Dobrow’s skillful account of Mabel’s and Millicent’s lives makes this page-turner a must-read for the poet’s most ardent fans.”- Library Journal


Julie Dobrow is Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. She holds faculty appointments in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and the Film and Media Studies Program in Tufts’ School of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Department of Public Health & Community Medicine at the Tufts Medical School. She is a contributing writer for Boston Globe Magazine and Huffington Post.
She resides outside of Boston, where is she is an active member of the community.

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