Fall 1985 • Vol. VII No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1985 |

Searching for the Capital of the Mind

Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Others by Christopher E. G. Benfey. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1984. 128 pages. $15.00. Dickinson: The Anxiety of Gender by Vivian R. Pollak. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984. 258 pages. $19.50. Emily Dickinson and Her Culture: The Soul's Society by Barton Levi St. Armand. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984. xii + 368 pages. + illustrations. $29.95. Emily Dickinson: A Voice of War by Shira Wolosky. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984. xx + 196 pages. $16.50. Because Emily Dickinson is both important and philosophically unmanageable, we seek to discover the special nature of her mind as it took its stance before the world. Thus the question of the beliefs of this poet whose body of work has no inherent order of priorities, who called herself "a Backwoods-man" and cherished her "Barefoot Estate," is more than usually insistent. We want to know, for example, the artist's intentions in the cryptic asse

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