Emily Dickinson was born into a prominent Nwe England family. Sociable as a child, she grew increasingly withdrawn, and in later years became known as a recluse. Though her poems often accompanied gifts to family and close friends, only seven of her poems were published during her lifetime.
Performed by leading actresses such as Joan Allen, Stephanie beacham, Jill Eikenberry, Amy Irving, Glenda Jackson, Nancy Kwan, Cheryl Ladd, Melissa Manchester, Jean Smart, Sharon Stone, Meryl Street, Alfre Woodland and Daphne Zuniga, these poems are poignant reminders of a fragile life.
Emily Dickinson was a prolific poet, writing nearly 1,800 known pieces. Only 7 of these, however, were published before her death in 1886. This 50-poem collection includes such selections as "Forbidden Fruit," "I Had a Guinea Golden," and "Love's Baptism." There are several pieces about one of her favorite themes, the sea, which she describes as "an everywhere of silver." As is the case with most poetry, Dickinson's poems come alive when read aloud. These works--sometimes witty, sometimes sorrowful--are read by a talented group of actresses, including Stephanie Beacham, Glenda Jackson, Sharon Stone, and Meryl Streep. Listen to Glenda Jackson read Emily Dickinson's "I Died for Beauty." Visit our audio help page for more information. (Running time: 45 minutes, 1 cassette) --C.B. Delaney