Martha Dickinson Bianchi (1866-1943): An American Poet of the First World War

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An important and engaging study of the original work and writings of Martha Dickinson Bianchi, the niece of poet Emily Dickinson. This book
establishes Martha as a prolific poet, novelist, essayist and translator. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Great War, this study will help us to rethink how women experienced that war by identifying a significant woman poet who published during the first two decades of the 20th century but whose work has largely been ignored.


“American women poets are largely absent from the anthologies prior to 1970, an indication of sexism inherent in the publishing world… Marcy Tanter recovers the original work of Martha Dickinson Bianchi, a woman who is known to history as the niece of Emily Dickinson but who also had her own poetic career before she took over the editing and publishing of Dickinson’s work…Bianchi was a serious career poet worthy of recovery.”
-Professor Brian Fehler,
Associate Professor of English,
Texas Woman’s University

“Bianchi’s own life and work provides a window for readers into times of radical change in the American historical, cultural, and literary landscape, a world in which Bianchi was an active and public participant…Tanter honors her purpose in recovering Bianchi’s story by relating the poet’s own words with fresh critical interpretations of them…. This book does indeed provide an intriguing invitation for more bio/critical study of Bianchi’s life and work.”
-Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D.,
Independent Scholar

Table of Contents

PREFACE by Brian M. Fehler
Chapter 1: Not just her Aunt’s Niece
Chapter 2: Within the Hedge
Chapter 3: The Cathedral and Other Poems
Chapter 4: Gabrielle and Other Poems
Chapter 5: The Wandering Eros and the Dogs of War
Chapter 6: Legacy

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