A Summer of Hummingbirds

Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade

by Christopher Benfey

Hardcover, 287 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $25.95 | purchase

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A Summer of Hummingbirds
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Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade
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Christopher Benfey

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Documents the interactions of many of the nation's most celebrated writers and artists during the Reconstruction Era, told through a metaphorical journey of a hummingbird that illuminates period beliefs about such topics as religion, sexuality, and family.