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The Belle of Amherst

The Belle of amherst

Written by: William Luce

Directed by: Melissa Malloy

Melissa Malloy will direct this award-winning play written by William Luce, about the famous pioneering poetess, Emily Dickinson. Although Dickinson’s work was published posthumously, her work as well as her way of life was a reflection of her nonconformist personality.

 Dickinson lived her life as a happy recluse on the grounds of her parents. Toward the end of her life, she ventured out less and less, feeling most content with her isolation. It is speculated that she struggled with anxiety and depression. Never married, it was also speculated that Dickinson was a devout feminist, given she never felt the desire to marry.

 Her work was impeccable and original, reflecting the issues of the times. In her life, Dickinson witnessed America’s westward expansion to the Pacific, a horrific Civil War over the issue of slavery, the destruction of Native cultures, the industrial revolution which tied the poor to the machine, and the intensification of women struggling to be heard in a patriarchal society. She was eighteen years of age when, in 1848, the first national women’s convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York to address the condition of American women and petition the nation for reform.

 Dickinson’s work was published after her death, by her sister, Lavinia. Although poetry was not popular in her early years, she still wrote diligently and unhindered about love, death and social issues. Her work, along with other emerging poets, laid the groundwork in making poetry the American literary art form it is today.


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