Did Emily Dickinson Really Exist? An Evening with Jerome Charyn

Friday, October 14 at 7PM

Amherst College Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Described by Michael Chabon as “One of the most important writers in American literature” Jerome Charyn is returning to Amherst. The author of the 2010 novel The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, has said "I couldn't let go. ...there wasn't a bit of closure, even after I finished my novel. I knew less and less the more I learned about her. ... And I had to write about Dickinson again, to capture her voice--not as a novelist, but as a hunter in her own field of words." The resulting 2016 A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century is the product of Charyn's literary sleuthing to find a Dickinson who is fierce, brilliant, and sexually charged. The book results from interviews with contemporary scholars, close readings of Dickinson's manuscripts and correspondance, and musings upon the newly discovered photograph purported to show Dickinson in her adult years.

On the evening of October 14, Charyn will read from his newest work, discussing its origins and his findings with particular focus on the provacative new dagguereotype and the light it may shine on the poet. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to view a replica of the daguerreotype and meet "Sam Carlo", its anonymous owner.

Tickets are first come, first served. This event is expected to sell out. We recommend reserving your ticket in advance by e-mailing EDMprograms@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org. 
10/12: No more reserved tickets remaining. We will hold a small number of tickets to be sold at the door, and there will be standing room. Priority seating given to those with advance reservations.


 $5 Museum Members, $10 non-members

About Jerome Charyn

Jerome Charyn is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. New York Newsday hailed Charyn as "a contemporary American Balzac,"and the Los Angeles Times described him as "absolutely unique among American writers." Since the 1964 release of Charyn's first novel, Once Upon a Droshky, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.