Book launch of Susan Snively's The Heart Has Many Doors

Book launch of Susan Snively's The Heart Has Many Doors

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 10 at 5 pm
Location: The Amherst Woman's Club, 35 Triangle Street, Amherst
Fee: Free

To mark the occasion of Emily Dickinson’s 184th birthday on Wednesday, December 10, the Museum is presenting a book launch of Susan Snively's new novel The Heart Has Many Doors. The event is free, and includes a reading, book signing and reception starting at 5 pm at the Amherst Woman's Club, located next door to the Emily Dickinson Museum at 35 Triangle Street.

The HeartSusan Snively Has Many Doors delves into the romantic relationship of Emily Dickinson and Judge Otis Phillips Lord, a family friend 18 years her senior and her father's best friend. Dickinson scholar, author, and literary critic Christopher Benfey notes that “Susan Snively’s dazzling novel is based on her own pioneering research as well as her own sensibility as a poet. What emerges is a fresh picture of a great poet – living, breathing, and passionately in love.”


Susan Snively is a guide, discussion leader, and film script writer for the Emily Dickinson Museum.

She was the founder and first director of the Writing Center at Amherst College, and has published four collections of poems: From This Distance (1981), Voices in the House (1988), The Undertow (1998), and Skeptic Traveler (2005.) The Heart Has Many Doors, which is set for publication in February 2015, is her first novel. Learn more about Susan Snively's work at,