Bishop, Elizabeth
August 1952
New Republic;8/18/52, Vol. 127 Issue 7, p20
The article analyzes the book "The Riddle of Emily Dickinson" which is written by Rebecca Patterson. In this book, Patterson tracks down the until now unknown person for whom Emily Dickinson is supposed to have cherished a hopeless passion and to whom she is supposed to have written every one of her love poems. So many books of literary detective-work, even when they are better authenticated, better written and more useful in their conclusions than Mrs. Patterson's, seem finally just unpleasant. Perhaps it is because, in order to reach a single reason for anything as singular and yet manifold as literary creation, it is necessary to limit the human personality's capacity for growth and redirection to the point of mutilation.


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