White heat is the first book to portray the remarkable relationship between americas most beloved poet and the fiery abolitionist who first brought her work to the public as the civil war raged an unlikely friendship was born between the reclusive poet emily dickinson and thomas wentworth higginson a literary figure who ran guns to kansas and commanded the first union regiment of black . Emily dickenson the ghostly poetic genius and thomas wentworth higginson had an unusual friendship that spanned 25 plus years primarily through correspondence and primarily under the guise of ms dickenson rather coyly asking for guidance in her writing. At first glance even from the old photos they seem like vastly different people thomas wentworth higginson was a man of various talents he was a well traveled writer yes but he was also involved in public service and the reform movement and he was intent on seeking out a certain amount of fame and celebrity for himself. Thomas wentworth higginson december 22 1823 may 9 1911 was an american unitarian minister author abolitionist and soldierhe was active in the american abolitionism movement during the 1840s and 1850s identifying himself with disunion and militant abolitionism. The first book to portray one of the most remarkable friendships in american letters that of emily dickinson recluse poet and thomas wentworth higginson minister literary figure active abolitionisttheir friendship began in 1862 the civil war was raging dickinson was thirty one higginson thirty eight a former pastor at the free church of worcester massachusetts he wrote often
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