Julie Dobrow, author of a new book about the women who edited and published Emily Dickinson's poetry after her death, will speak at the Jesup April 7. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JESUP LIBRARY

Dobrow to discuss Dickinson

BAR HARBOR — Julie Dobrow, author of the new book “After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet,” will speak Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library.

“When Emily Dickinson died, few knew of her poetry and she asked her sister, Lavinia, to burn all of her work,” event organizers said. “Lavinia, however, could not bring herself to destroy Emily’s poetry and instead asked Mabel Loomis Todd to edit the work.

“Todd and Emily Dickinson had never met but they had corresponded. Todd used that insight to edit Dickinson’s poetry. Dobrow extensively researched the lives of Todd and her daughter Millicent Todd Bingham, who continued her mother’s work.”

“After Emily” weaves together the stories of these three women and shines a light on how the work of Todd and Bingham created the image of Dickinson have today. Dobrow highlights the tensions between Todd and the Dickinson family, as well as Bingham’s struggles with her mother’s obsession editing Dickinson’s work and her decision to carry on her mother’s work.

Dobrow is a professor at Tufts University, where she teaches in the department of Child Study and Human Development and the Tisch College of Civic Life. She directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Tufts. Her writing has appeared in Boston Globe Magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications.

This talk is co-sponsored by Sherman’s Books and books will be on sale that night. For more information on Dobrow, visit www.juliedobrow.com and for more information on the talk contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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