Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief

Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief

by Roger Lundin

Garnering awards from Choice, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and the Conference on Christianity and Literature when first published in 1998, Roger Lundin’s Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief has been widely recognized as one of the finest biographies of the great American poet Emily Dickinson. Paying special attention to her experience of faith, Lundin skillfully relates Dickinson’s life—as it can be charted through her poems and letters—to nineteenth-century American political, social, religious, and intellectual history.

An award-winning biography highlighting the role of faith in the life of beloved poet Emily Dickinson.

This second edition of Lundin’s superb work includes a standard bibliography, expanded notes, and a more extensive discussion of Dickinson’s poetry than the first edition contained. Besides examining Dickinson’s singular life and work in greater depth, Lundin has also keyed all poem citations to the recently updated standard edition of Dickinson’s poetry. Already outstanding, Lundin’s biography of Emily Dickinson is now even better than before.


Roger Lundin (1949–2015) was Arthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College, Illinois. His other books include From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority.

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