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Afternoons with Emily: A Novel epub ebook

by Rose MacMurray

Afternoons with Emily: A Novel epub ebook

Author: Rose MacMurray
Category: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (April 24, 2007)
Pages: 480 pages
ISBN: 0316017604
ISBN13: 978-0316017602
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 236
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Afternoons with Emily book But perhaps most impressive is MacMurray's depiction of Emily Dickinson.

Afternoons with Emily book. But perhaps most impressive is MacMurray's depiction of Emily Dickinson. I've read numerous biographies of Dickinson, and MacMurray's portrayal seems spot-on. If you love history and/or you love Emily Dickinson, this is a perfect book.

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by Rose MacMurray (Author). A dazzling novel about a surprising friendship between a young woman and the poet Emily Dickinson, one of Little, Brown's earliest authors. In mid-19th-century Amherst, Emily Dickinson is famous both for her notable family and for her reclusive ways, and only Miranda Chase, a smart girl with big plans for her own life, is allowed to enter the budding poet's very private world.

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In mid-19th-century Amherst, Emily Dickinson is famous both for her notable family and for her reclusive ways, and only Miranda Chase, a smart girl with big plans for her own life, is allowed to enter the budding poet's very private world. Drawing on letters, poems, and everything that is known about Dickinson's life, AFTERNOONS WITH EMILY is a vivid portrait of America's most famous poet, a coming-ofage story that spans the Civil War, and a tale of two brilliant women who each chose to break with convention and live life on their own terms.

In mid-19th-century Amherst, Emily Dickinson is famous both for her notable family and for her reclusive ways, and only. At first, their Monday afternoon visits involve discussing books over piping hot cups of tea, but when Miranda begins exploring her own yearnings-for love, for an education, even for a career-she discovers that being a friend of Emily's is not without its dangers. The very charisma that has inspired her becomes a web of intrigue, and to escape it, Miranda will imperil her reputation, her independence, and even her dreams.

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Rose MacMurray was an educator whose novel Afternoons with Emily was published after her death. MacMurray taught and translated poetry and spent many years writing this work, which she left in the care of her children. It is a fictional story that explores the personal life of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from her birth to her death, as well as the time and place in which she lived. Emily Dickinson, daughter of an influential family, lived in Amherst, Massachusetts.

In 2007, Rose MacMurray’s Afternoons with Emily was published. In 2006, another novel with Dickinson as the main character appeared: Paolo Kaufmann’s The Sister: A Novel of Emily Dickinson, translated from the original Spanish publication in Cuba in 2003. These are the most recent novels in which Dickinson has a main role, but, in fact, most decades in the twentieth century have seen novels about the famous poet as a fictional heroine. As a Dickinson scholar, I admit that I have shunned these books.

In mid-19th-century Amherst, Emily Dickinson is famous both for her notable family and for her reclusive ways, and only Miranda Chase, a smart girl with big plans for her own life, is allowed to enter the budding poet's very private world. At first, their Monday afternoon visits involve discussing books over piping hot cups of tea, but when Miranda begins exploring her own yearnings--for love, for an education, even for a career--she discovers that being a friend of Emily's is not without its dangers. The very charisma that has inspired her becomes a web of intrigue, and to escape it, Miranda will imperil her reputation, her independence, and even her dreams. Drawing on letters, poems, and everything that is known about Dickinson's life, AFTERNOONS WITH EMILY is a vivid portrait of America's most famous poet, a coming-ofage story that spans the Civil War, and a tale of two brilliant women who each chose to break with convention and live life on their own terms.
Reviews (7)
Viashal
I will admit that I approached this book with a bias. I was very lucky to attend the weekly poetry class Rose MacMurray taught at my elementary school about twenty years ago. She was an amazing and inspiring teacher who managed to reserve praise while still encouraging her students. When she told you something was good, you knew she meant it. The class was so influential and memorable that when I found a beatup copy of the poetry collection we used, I immediately bought it and paid a small fortune to have it rebound. The postcard Mrs. MacMurray sent me from Greece the year after my family moved and I was no longer her student is still one of my prized possessions.

I was devastated to hear that Mrs. MacMurray had died, but excited to learn that she had published a novel. I approached "Afternoons with Emily" with high hopes. Happily, my expectations were met.

As I read this book, I was struck both by the lyrical descriptions and by the pace. This is a slow-paced book, especially when compared to the zippy prose on the internet. Don't misunderstand, "slow-paced" is not boring. Mrs. MacMurray's writing reminds me of Jane Austin's -- there is a gentleness and no rush to describe characters or push through the plot. Instead, the book blooms slowly, completely and beautifully.

Mrs. MacMurray's love of Dickinson's poetry is evident, but she does not overidealize the poet. Dickinson is portrayed as a real person with flaws and weaknesses.

I loved this book, and I think I would have even if I did not love the author. This is a novel to think about and enjoy. If you prefer to rush through series books just to discover the ending, "Afternoons with Emily" is not for you. If you have read "Emma" a hundred times and still find phrases that fascinate you, you won't want to miss this one.

Bundis
"Genteel" isn't a word one often hears today. But it describes this very special novel. In its pages, its story, and its compelling characters, there's a quiet dignity which I find tremendously appealing.

I love Emily Dickinson's poetry, and I was fascinated by the idea of a fictional exploration of Emily Dickinson via the coming-of-age story of a friend, Miranda Chase.

I enjoyed the parallel drawn between the two friends: Miranda, who starts out life as a lonely child and who, as she grows up, increasingly pushes herself out into the world to work for the good of others, and Emily, daughter of a prominent Amherst family, who becomes more and more reclusive in order to hone a laser focus on her work: her poetry, which she hopes will win immortality. Miranda and Emily are dissimilar in their personalities, but each, at her core, is an unconventional woman for her time, and that is the glue that bonds them together in friendship.

The novel is beautifully written, its story lovingly told, and Rose MacMurray's children have given readers everywhere a gift by ensuring that Afternoons With Emily got into print. It's a delight, and I highly recommend it. But be sure and take your time with it. This is a novel which is meant to be savored page-by-page, not raced through at breakneck speed.

Siramath
Delightful book that explores Emily Dickinson through the eyes of her neighbor. This book is an unassuming treasure, the best book I read the year I read it. The writer's prose is lovely, and her depiction of life in mid-century New England is wonderful. I did not want to put it down!

Iesha
This was such a well written, well-told story. While based on the reclusive life of Emily Dickenson, it was told through the eyes of a fictional girl who Emily let into her life. She grows up, experiences happiness, loss, independence, all of which she shares with Emily, who really is only interested in her own selfish needs. Beginning before the Civil War, going through its terrible losses, and after, Miranda, the narrator, finds her passion in Early Childhood Education and starts a school where the focus is finding and bringing out the individuality of each child. Emily's poetry is interspersed throughout. A powerful read on many levels.

Anayajurus
I did not know anything about Emily Dickinson and liked learning about her in this way - from the perspective of a 'friend' of hers. The main story of Miranda is a good one even without the aspect of Emily. Amherst, the Civil War, women's issues of the time and early childhood education topics made it educational as well as a good love story.

X-MEN
This is a truly beautiful book, written lyrically and lovingly by an author who was herself a poet. Her research into Dickinson's poems and letters was extensive, and it shows. The Emily Dickinson that emerges is a complex and utterly believable figure. The Civil War atmosphere, both on and off the battlefield, is impressive. This is perfect for book clubs, and my own is reading it for June. This should be a classic, for lovers of poetry, history, and books in general.

Fountain_tenderness
A truly beautifully written novel. Old fashioned charm and intrigue after intrigue, tragedy upon tragedy. Every description lavishly worded. One can almost smell the flowers of Amherst as well as the sea in Barbados. Anticipation of love, disappointment at loves lost, and true and tender friendships. I couldn't stop reading!

This is a book to treasure and share.
Althoug fictional it captures the life and impact
of Emily Dickinson. Deserves a long shelf
life.

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