Quiet Fire

Emily Dickinson's Life and Poetry

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

When Emily Dickinson died at her home in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1886, she left a locked chest with hand-sewn notebooks and papers filled with nearly 1,800 unpublished poems. Four years later, her first collection was published and became a singular success. Today Dickinson is revered as one of America’s greatest and most original poets. Using primary source materials, including the poet’s own letters and poems, Quiet Fire presents the life and art of Emily Dickinson to a new generation.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 168
Publication Date 2022-04-05
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN006040, YAN006140, YAN043000
Dewey 811/.4
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1150
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, and Timeline

Author: Carol Dommermuth-Costa

Carol Dommermuth-Costa is an author based in New York state.

Author: Anna Landsverk

Anna Landsverk is a writer, editor, and publishing professional. She lives in Minnesota with her adorable dog and extensive children's book collection.


School Library Connection

“The author’s research is exemplary and represents a necessary addition to the shelves of all school libraries.” —School Library Connection

School Library Journal

“Dommermuth-Costa and Landsverk’s research on the nonreligious, nature-loving, and doting daughter is revelatory; their back matter is impeccable; and the fascinating portrait they paint of the often misunderstood author is mesmerizing. . . . An excellent biography for all YA collections.”—starred, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]he accessible but detailed narrative containing excerpts of her writing provides a great overview of many historians’ theories and is a perfect stand-alone text for casual readers or an excellent jumping-off point for aspiring Dickinson-ian scholars.”—Kirkus Reviews