People whom, if they had lived at the same time, would have been friends with each other:
Sappho and Emily Dickinson and Regina Spektor and Imogen Heap. Well, Imogen and Regina certainly might know one another but Sappho and Emily are quite out of their reach.
I finished White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple. It was not always an easy read – Higginson’s life was full of activism and the Civil War and an invalid wife, and really what fascinates me is the purposeful hermitage of a woman who has left behind confusion and squabbling devotion on the part of her relatives.
I enjoyed many of the little snippets of letters, the insight into Emily’s familial relationships and everyday lives, understanding where her griefs originated. It was well written, and if you are interested in Emily’s life, this is a good book.
(Also on a historical note – The Young Victoria is an excellent period piece about Queen Victoria’s early life. Delicious and quite sweet. Makes me wish I knew of a good historical novel about the same period. )