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THE LIFE AND MIND OF EMILY DICKINSON—Genevieve Taggard—Knopf ($4). Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, foremost woman poet of her country, wrote thousands of poems, never published one during her lifetime. Since her death (1886) her poetry and the secrets of her spinster life have gradually been coming to light.

When her family allowed some of her poetry and letters (carefully edited) to be printed, rumor grew that Emily had had an unhappy love affair, but who the man was nobody knew for certain. Biographer Genevieve Taggard says she has discovered him, has sworn statements to...

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