By A. Walton Litz
This number of severe and biographical articles covers amazing authors from the seventeenth century to the current day.
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Yet she wrote during a time of dramatic social change and national trauma. Sequestering herself in an upper-middle-class private life, Dickinson fended off historical forces, encoding events such as the Civil War with cryptic metaphysical symbols. She wrote for her own purposes, "publishing" her poems by copying them into personal correspondence. By avoiding the literary marketplace, she exercised strict control over who would read her poems and protected her sensibility from commercialism. Yet in the ways she organized and 25 26 / AMERICAN WRITERS was summed up in cliches: Frustrated Lover, Great Renunciation, Queen Recluse, New England Nun, Moth of Amherst.
New York: Knopf, 1926. Death Comes for the Archbishop. New York: Knopf, 1927. Shadows on the Rock. New York: Knopf, 1931. Obscure Destinies. New York: Knopf, 1932. Lucy Gayheart. New York: Knopf, 1935. Sapphira and the Slave Girl. New York: Knopf, 1940. The Old Beauty and Others. New York: Knopf, 1948. ESSAYS Not under Forty. New York: Knopf, 1936. Willa Gather on Writing. New York: Knopf, 1949. Willa Gather in Europe: Her Own Story of the First Journey. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1984.
She seemed to have been a genius who was neglected or suppressed, either because she was a woman or because she was far ahead of her time. Recent studies, however, have shown that she had ample opportunity to publish but regarded the literary marketplace as an anxietyprovoking diversion from her purposes in writing. Friends tried to persuade her to send her work to publishers, and literary figures such as Samuel Bowles, editor of the Springfield Republican, repeatedly urged her to give them poems for publication.
AMERICAN WRITERS, Retrospective Supplement I by A. Walton Litz