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HUNTING & PECKING AWAY: Mabel's Newfangled Typewriter & Emily's Newfangled Poems

Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Open to the public, Presentation,

The Poetry Room is proud to present a lecture by Julie Dobrow, author of After Emily: Two Remarkable Women & the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet (Norton, 2018), who will explore the complicated path to publishing Dickinson's first collection and the instrumental role that Mabel Loomis Todd played, including her pioneering use of typewriters in the transcription process.

Dobrow's talk, which is a part of the Poetry Room's popular Typewriter Talks series, will take place at Houghton Library, which houses the largest collection of Dickinson materials in the world, including over 1,000 poems in the poet's hand. Audience members wishing to visit the Dickinson Room are invited to tour the space (as well as the adjacent Keats Room and Amy Lowell exhibit) from 5:30-5:55pm.

In-Person Attendance & Dickinson Room Tours:  Edison Newman Room, Houghton Library. From 5:30-5:55pm, audience members will be welcome to visit the Dickinson Room, featuring the author's writing desk, family library, and related materials. Free and open to the public.

Online Attendance: Livestreaming available via the WPR YouTube Channel.



Julie Dobrow is Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Tufts University. She holds faculty appointments in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and the Film and Media Studies Program in Tufts’ School of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Department of Public Health & Community Medicine at the Tufts Medical School. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. She lives outside of Boston.

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