The Theater: Inward Journey

THE BELLE OF AMHERST

by WILLIAM LUCE

compiled by TIMOTHY HELGESON

The candlelight of a questing spirit can shame the sun. The luminous portrayal of Emily Dickinson by Julie Harris does this with piercing beauty.

This is a monodrama artfully pieced together from the 19th century poet's poems, letters and reclusive life. Dickinson's was an inward journey, an intrepid exploration of the heart, the mind and the soul. The only tracks she left were her finest poems.

Americans get both nosy and fidgety when a genius like Dickinson fails to "go public" like a common stock. The idea of solitary, unapplauded artistic effort as its own...

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