Emily & Herman: A Literary Romance

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The manuscript of this novel was discovered by John J. Healey in a box left by his grandfather, Professor Vincent P. Healey, after his death. This engaging work of fiction is a romantic account in which four iconic figures of American Letters play a leading role.

In the summer of 1851 Herman Melville was finishing Moby Dick on his family farm in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Surrounded by his mother, sisters and pregnant wife, it was a calm and productive season until his neighbor Nathaniel Hawthorne lured him to Amherst. There they met twenty-year-old Emily Dickinson and her brother Austin. On a whim the two distinguished authors invited the Dickinson siblings to accompany them on a trip to Boston and New York. In Manhattan they met journalist Walt Whitman and William Johnson, a runaway slave, and it was there, despite their efforts to control it, that Emily and Herman fell in love.

This, for the first time, is their story.

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John J. Healey has published in the Harvard Review and has directed two documentary films, Federico García Lorca and the award winning The Practice of the Wild. He lives in the United States and Spain.

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Healey’s documentary films are about writers, as is his first novel. It’s the summer of 1851, and Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville are traveling to New York City. They stop at the Dickinson home in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Emily and her brother, Austin, decide to join them. Later they meet up with Walt Whitman and William Johnson, a runaway slave. The group’s unbridled adventures include a disastrous tryst, outdoors sex, swimming and boating, a dinner-party flirtation, and scandalous love between Emily the intrepid maiden and married Herman, who has nearly finished Moby-Dick. Healey takes wildly libidinous liberties, often to ludicrous effect. But he also channels his venerable subjects in passages of coruscating beauty as he describes sensuous landscapes and the complex spiritual and moral quandaries preoccupying his brainy, wily, and yearning characters. Not the first to imagine the sex lives of these revered writers––see Jerome Charyn’s The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson (2010) and Jay Parini’s The Passages of H. M. (2010)—Healey does succeed in turning his heady love story into a genuinely insightful homage. --Donna Seaman

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