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  Sweetwood Lecture on the Poetry of Emily Dickinson, March 22nd
by Sweetwood
02:07PM / Monday, March 12, 2012

Hope to see you at another wonderful presentation at Sweetwood!

WILLIAMSTOWN – The Sweetwood Lecture Series continues on Thursday, March 22 with a provocative look at poetry of Emily Dickinson by author and longtime professor Lea Newman, PhD, with a talk entitled “Virgin Recluse and Rebel.” Please note that this month’s lecture will take place on Thursday, rather than the usual third Wednesday of each month at Sweetwood.
Complimentary food and refreshments will be served beginning at 4 p.m. with the lecture following at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road.

Emily Dickinson was a closeted genius who dressed in white and lived a secluded and outwardly proper life while secretly writing intensely erotic and outrageously blasphemous poetry.  The stories behind her poems and her life will be the subject of this presentation.  

Dr. Newman will read and discuss a few of Emily’s most provocative and representative poems in “Virgin Recluse and Rebel.” Drawing on the research for her forthcoming book on Dickinson, she will show how the poems can act as a portal into her life story.  The Dickinson book will follow the same format as her award-winning book “Robert Frost:  The People, Places and Stories Behind his New England Poetry.”
Newman’s other books include a guide to the short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne and a study of the fiction of Herman Melville, as well as a memoir: “Growing Up Italian in Chicago.” 

Newman earned her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and is Professor Emerita of American Literature at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams.  She is past-president of the Hawthorne Society and the Melville Society.  She is also a founding member of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum and currently serves as the vice-president of the Friends of Robert Frost. 
The program is free and open to the public. 

For more information contact Sweetwood of Williamstown at 413-458-8371.

Located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Sweetwood of Williamstown Retirement Living Community is set on 30 beautiful hillside acres in the Berkshires. Part of a vibrant college town, Sweetwood is nearby Williams College, the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Clark Art Institute, The Colonial Theatre, Tony Award-winning Barrington Stage Company and world-renowned Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Opened in 1987, Sweetwood offers 70 luxury apartments, delicious meals in our comfortable dining room, a busy library, an auditorium for our events, internet access, a fitness center and hiking trails.  Sweetwood is a vibrant, active, and comfortable adult community in the beautiful Berkshires.

Sweetwood also offers easy access to assisted living services and to full healthcare through our next-door neighbor, Sweet Brook of Williamstown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.   These, as well as North Adams Regional Hospital and Berkshire Medical Center are just minutes away.
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