Annal: 1975 National Book Award for Biography

Results of the National Book Award in the year 1975.

Book:The Life of Emily Dickinson

The Life of Emily Dickinson

Richard B. Sewall

The life of Emily Dickinson, Richard B. Sewall’s monumental biography of the great American poet (1830-1886), won the National Book Award when it was originally published in two volumes. Now available in the one-volume edition, it has been called “by far the best and most complete study of the poet’s life yet to be written, the result of nearly twenty years of work” (The Atlantic).

R.W.B. Lewis has hailed it as “a major event in American letters,” adding that “Richard Sewall’s biographical vision of Emily Dickinson is as complete as human scholarship, ingenuity, stylistic pungency, and common sense can arrive at.”

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