The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Dec. 1, 1947

Eastward in Eden (by Dorothy Gardner; produced by Nancy Stern) is the third play (the others: Alison's House, Brittle Heaven) to treat of New England's renowned recluse, Poetess Emily Dickinson (1830-86). By now it should be clear that Emily, whose life was as inward as it was intense, is not the likeliest sort of figure for the public glare of the stage.*

Eastward in Eden is mostly concerned with what made her a recluse. According to Playwright Gardner, it was her unrequited love for Charles Wadsworth, a married Philadelphia clergyman. Even as a stage...

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