JULIE DOBROW discussing and signing AFTER EMILY
AFTER EMILY: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet (WW Norton, 2018) recounts the extraordinary lives of Mabel Loomis Todd and her daughter, Millicent Todd Bingham, and the powerful literary legacy they shared in editing and publishing the first volumes of Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Mabel’s complicated relationships with the Dickinsons—including her thirteen-year extramarital affair with Emily’s brother, Austin—roiled the small town of Amherst, MA. Mabel and Austin’s love led to her work with Emily Dickinson’s poetry, which inspired both Mabel’s life and her daughter’s, and fed controversies over the poetry’s promotion, editing, and ownership. AFTER EMILY is based on extensive primary source research Julie Dobrow conducted, unearthing hundreds of never-before-published primary sources including hidden diaries, long-lost letters, photographs and scans of original manuscripts to tell the stories of these two women who pushed up against the edges of their time, and reveal the surprising impact Mabel and Millicent had on the Emily Dickinson we know today.