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Retellings Book Club - Pale Shadows

Location 600 H Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States
Date Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration   1 hours
Link https://www.solidstatebooksdc.com/events/2024/1/14/retellings-book-club-pale-15961f
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The Retellings Book Club's upcoming event on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at Solid State Books in Washington, DC, promises an insightful exploration of Emily Dickinson's posthumous legacy in "Pale Shadows." From 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, attendees will delve into the narrative that unfolds after Dickinson's death, focusing on the trio of women who played pivotal roles in bringing the poet's first collection of poems out of obscurity. Lavinia, grieving her sister's loss and faced with the daunting task of deciding what to do with Emily's poems, enlists the help of Susan, Emily's best friend and sister-in-law, as well as Austin's wife. Overcoming a deep depression, Susan joins forces with Lavinia to organize the poems and approach a publisher. Adding another layer to the project is Mabel, Austin's mistress, valued for her worldliness and connections. Meanwhile, in the background, Millicent, Mabel's daughter, emerges as a young spirit akin to Emily – wise, strong-willed, and captivated by the nuances of the world. With its delicate narrative akin to lacework, "Pale Shadows" picks up the tale where "Paper Houses" left off, delving into the roles of women in history, their creativity, and the enduring influence of Dickinson's poetry. The event promises a rich discussion on the complexities of bringing literary legacies to light and the profound impact of women in shaping history and creativity.

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