Friday, October 31, 2008

A Summer of Hummingbirds

A Summer of Hummingbirds : Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade
by Christopher E G Benfey

A story of how the interaction within a group of exceptional and uniquely talented characters shaped and changed American thought at the close of the Civil War....From the naturalist writings of abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson to the poems of his wayward pupil Emily Dickinson; into the mind of Henry Ward Beecher and within the writings and paintings of his famous sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe. A Summer of Hummingbirds unveils how, through the art of these great thinkers, the hummingbird became the symbol of an era, an image through which they could explore their controversial (and often contradictory) ideas of nature, religion, sexuality, family, time, exoticism, and beauty. (

1 comment:

Kirkus Reviews said...

...One life dovetails into the other in this spiraling contemplation...A handsomely illustrated volume that reflects Benfey's depth of reading and passionate interests...