Emily Dickinson's Collected Poems

Modern influence and inspiration

Emily Dickinson's life and works have been the source of inspiration to artists, particularly to feminist-oriented artists, of a variety of mediums. A few notable examples are as follows:

  • The feminist artwork The Dinner Party, by Judy Chicago, first exhibited in 1979, features a place setting for Dickinson.[190][191]
  • Jane Campion's film The Piano and its novelization (co-authored by Kate Pullinger) were inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson as well as the novels by the Bronte Sisters.[192]
  • A character who is a literary scholar at a fictional New England college in the comic campus novel by Pamela Hansford Johnson Night and Silence Who Is Here?[193] is intent on proving that Emily Dickinson was a secret dipsomaniac. His obsession costs him his job.
  • The 2012 book The Emily Dickinson Reader by Paul Legault is an English-to-English translation of her complete poems published by McSweeney's.[194]
  • The 2016 film A Quiet Passion by Terence Davies is a biography of Dickinson, in which Cynthia Nixon plays the poet.
  • Dickinson's work has been set by numerous composers including Aaron Copland[195], Samuel Barber, Elliot Carter, Libby Larsen, Peter Seabourne, Michael Tilson Thomas and Judith Weir.[196]
  • The 2018 film Wild Nights with Emily is a comedy about Dickinson's romantic relationship with Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson.

A public garden is named in her honor in Paris: 'square Emily-Dickinson', in the 20th arrondissement of the French capital.[197]

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