The Secret Life of Emily Dikinson gives readers a glimpse into the private life of the famous poet. The story begins in 1848 when Emily is a student at Mount Holyoke, a female seminary school. During her short time at this school, she witnesses the blond handyman rescue a fawn from the deep snow, a memory that will stay with her for the rest of her life. When Emily first moves back to her father’s house, she is an adventurer. She and her dog, Carlo, venture into town and “rum resorts” seeking a suitor for young Emily. As time goes on, though, Emily becomes Queen Recluse. She stays close to home and eventually does not leave the house at all.
This was an interesting novelized version of Emily Dickinson’s life. My research after finishing the book showed that the timeline and many of the facts were accurate to her life. Emily was a strong-willed, sharp-witted, eccentric girl with an intriguing history.