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Gordon is the author of Eliot's Early Years, Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Life,Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life, andVindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft.

 

Interview Highlights (As heard on National Public Radio)

On the possibility that Dickinson had epilepsy

"Her handicap or whatever we want to call it was connected with her visionary life. And that was an exultant life. She often suggests that she might have some handicap. She says in one of her poems 'My lost by sickness — Was it Loss? / Or that Etherial Gain — / One earns by measuring the Grave / Then — measuring the Sun.' She's being ambivalent and truthful about what she calls her sickness because she both suffers [and] she feels a certain kind of death, but at the same time, there are spiritual gains."


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