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The Resource A summer of hummingbirds : love, art, and scandal in the intersecting worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade, Christopher Benfey

A summer of hummingbirds : love, art, and scandal in the intersecting worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade, Christopher Benfey

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A summer of hummingbirds : love, art, and scandal in the intersecting worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade
Title
A summer of hummingbirds
Title remainder
love, art, and scandal in the intersecting worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Benfey
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A surprising and scandalous story of how the interaction within a group of exceptional and uniquely talented characters shaped and changed American thought at the close of the Civil War. Benfey takes the seemingly arbitrary image of the hummingbird and traces its "route of evanescence" as it travels in circles to and from the creative wellsprings of the age: from the naturalist writings of abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson to the poems of his wayward pupil Emily Dickinson; into the mind of Henry Ward Beecher and within the writings and paintings of his famous sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe. A Summer of Hummingbirds unveils how, through the art of these great thinkers, the hummingbird became the symbol of an era, an image through which they could explore their controversial (and often contradictory) ideas of nature, religion, sexuality, family, time, exoticism, and beauty.--From amazon.com
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
811/.4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1541.Z5
LC item number
B46 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A summer of hummingbirds : love, art, and scandal in the intersecting worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade, Christopher Benfey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-277) and index
Contents
A tea rose -- The prodigal -- Beecher's pockets -- Tristes tropiques -- At the Hotel Byron -- The prisoner of Chillon -- Birds of passage -- Covert flowers, hidden nests -- Transits of Venus -- Foggy bottom -- A route of evanescence -- Florida
Control code
u1202212
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 287 p.
Isbn
9781594201608
Lccn
2007036512
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)170203648
Label
A summer of hummingbirds : love, art, and scandal in the intersecting worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade, Christopher Benfey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-277) and index
Contents
A tea rose -- The prodigal -- Beecher's pockets -- Tristes tropiques -- At the Hotel Byron -- The prisoner of Chillon -- Birds of passage -- Covert flowers, hidden nests -- Transits of Venus -- Foggy bottom -- A route of evanescence -- Florida
Control code
u1202212
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 287 p.
Isbn
9781594201608
Lccn
2007036512
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)170203648

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