Emily Dickinson's Use of Anglo- American Legal Concepts and Vocabulary in Her Poetry Muse at the Bar

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Emily Dickinson's life was bounded and circumscribed by lawyers. Her grandfather, father, brother, and the men who were the first and last loves of her life were all lawyers. The biographical introductions consider these men and their relationship with Dickinson, drawing on letters and published writings. Other chapters discuss "legal" words and terms, Dickinson's knowledge of Anglo-American 19th-century law, her use of legal terms in her poetry, legal definitions and terminology. A secondary appendix includes photocopies of the Harvard Law School catalogue at the time her brother Austin Dickinson attended, 1853-1854.

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