The Heart has Many Doors
Susan Snively – author
A novel of Emily Dickinson
Friday, March 24, 12:15PM
Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst
THE HEART HAS MANY DOORS is a work of imaginative fiction. Poet, scriptwriter, and essayist Susan Snively lives in Amherst, and works as a guide at the Emily Dickinson Museum. She will talk about the process of working historical fact into a fictional narrative.
The book, whose title of course comes from Emily Dickinson, portrays the poet’s love affair with the eminent Judge Otis Phillips Lord of Salem, a widower and family friend, eighteen years older than the poet. Emily and the judge struggle with her need for privacy and his power as a man of the world, but their autumnal romance has the friskiness of much younger lovers. A review in *The Bulletin of the Emily Dickinson International Society* says the book “takes bold imaginative leaps, but Snively’s sensibilities are in tune with Dickinson’s. Her novel is affecting, fresh, and passionate.” (Renée Bergland)
Join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.