Emily Dickinson's 181st Birthday Party

Jerome Liebling, The Dickinsons of Amherst


"Just the Door ajar"

-- Glimpses into The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson with award-winning novelist JEROME CHARYN

You are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson's 181st birthday
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Valentine Hall, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
Festivities begin at 5pm

Birthday Party, 5 to 7pm
$75 per person 
"Emily Dickinson - Outlaw" by Jerome Charyn
Party with Dickinson inspired sweets, savories, and toasts

Birthday Party and Candlelight Soiree at the Dickinson Homstead,
$125 per person includes:
Party at Valentine Hall
Soiree at the Dickinson Homestead at 7:30pm
Masquerade tours and birthday wishes for the "Queen Recluse"
A tribute to celebrated documentary photographer Jerome Liebling with views of selected photographs from The Dickinsons of Amherst in their original setting

To purchase tickets by phone using a credit card, please call 413-542-5311.
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All proceeds benefit the Emily Dickinson Museum.  All but $25 of your contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

About Mr. Charyn
Mr. Charyn grew up on the mean streets of South Bronx while the world was at war.  The school library was his refuge, and it was there that he discovered Emily Dickinson, or rather, she discovered him, when a volume of her poetry literally landed on his head.  He never quite recovered and in 2010 wrote the bestselling historical novel, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, recently named a must-read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.  Emily Dickinson is also the subject of his next non-fiction book, a study of the reclusive poet for Harvard University Press.

"Charyn has invented for Emily Dickinson an active, at times frantic counterlife ... a "secret" life of unrepressed erotic desire.  There is seriocomic pathos here -- as well as a brashly subjective vision of our greatest American woman poet." - Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books

About Mr. Liebling
Jerome Liebling, a leading documentary photographer of American life, came to Amherst to teach photography and film at Hampshire College from its opening in 1970 to 1990. Several years after moving to Amherst, he became intrigued by the nearby home of another great artist--Emily Dickinson. His rich photographic essay, The Dickinsons of Amherst, published in 2001, captures the twentieth century personalities of the Homestead and The Evergreens in erie explication of Dickinson’s poetic line "Art -- is a house that tries to be haunted." Liebling collaborated with Christopher Benfey, Polly Longsworth, and Barton St. Armand whose essays further illuminate the photographs and life in the Dickinson homes. His timeless images, Benfey suggests, create a poetry of "the afterlife of buildings and their peculiar sorrows" uniquely evocative of Emily Dickinson’s own artistic inspiration. Selections from these photographs will be on view in their original setting at the Dickinson Homestead at the Candlelight Soiree and through December.

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 NEPR   The Davis Financial Group LLC Amherst College Stifel Nicolaus Hope & Feathers Framing
Daily Hampshire Gazette The Lord Jeffery Inn  Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP  St. Germain Investment Management

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