My Brilliant Bombshell Of A Sister

03Aug10

Jenny, my sister, is now reviewing for Bookslut, the brilliant book review site.  She has a column called The Bombshell. Read it and enjoy.  Also be aware: she’s about to launch her own site any day now: jennymcphee.com.

At the end of Lyndall Gordon’s Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds, the biographer describes the source of the poet’s genius as: “…a hidden life like a ‘Bomb’ in her bosom. The poetry it fueled,” she advises, “must be seen in terms of New England individualism, the Emersonian ethos of self-reliance which in its fullest bloom eludes classification. It’s more radical and quirky than anything in Europe, more awkward and less loveable than English eccentricity; in fact, dangerous.”
It gives me enormous pleasure to inaugurate my Bookslut column, which I have entitled The Bombshell (bomb-shell: a shattering or devastating act, event, etc.; a fair-haired person, esp. a woman, of startling vitality or physique. -OED), with Gordon’s bombshell of a book about one of literature’s greatest bombshells, who also happened to be a flaming redhead.

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One Response to “My Brilliant Bombshell Of A Sister”

  1. 1 Jenny McPhee

    Thanks for the post. Makes me think of that bumper sticker mom had on our old green chevrolet in the 70s: “Sisterhood is powerful.”


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