To this day, Emily Dickinson remains a beloved and enigmatic figure
in American poetry. This "lady in white," who shut herself away
from the world and found solace alone with her words, has since her
death been viewed primarily through the lens of her poetry, which
afforded her beauty and hope amid the agony and loneliness of her
life. As a reclusive writer himself, contemporary French author
Christian Bobin felt a kindred tie to the poet, and his book The
Lady in White honors Dickinson in the form of a brief, poetically
imagined account of her life and the work that she gave the world.
This fresh and personal interpretation of Dickinson's life leaves
one with an impression of knowing Dickinson both through her
poetry, as recalled by Bobin, and as he senses the person she was
through her work and the sparse facts we have about her life.