Please join us on Saturday, March 29 (new date), 2014 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Humanities 002 (Writing Center) at Montgomery College's Rockville Campus for the next film in our Bi-Monthly Movie + Discussion Series. The series is designed to showcase films or documentaries that focus on poetry and its rightful place in the world. Please Note: Seating Capacity is Limited, and poets & poetry lovers from Montgomery College will be joining us. So RSVP early!
Guest parking is available at MC. Please call [masked] (recorded line). Or you may take the Metro to Rockville (Red Line) and then one of the following buses: Q2 towards Shady Grove, 46 towards Montgomery College, or 55 towards Lakeforest or Germantown.
The Belle of Amherst
The one-woman play Belle of Amherst is based on the life of famed 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886). Written by William Luce in 1976, the play makes use of Ms. Dickinson's work, diaries, and letters to recollect her encounters with the significant people in her life – family, close friends, and acquaintances. It balances the agony of her seclusion with the brief bright moments when she was able to experience some joy.
We will watch the taped 1976 broadcast of the Belle of Amherst, which starred Tony Award winner Julie Harris in the role of Emily Dickinson.
A Brief Biography of Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson is born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830. All the time she spent alone helped Emily Dickinson create some of the literary world’s most elegant and haunting poetry. As a girl, she attended school in nearby South Hadley, but was so homesick she dropped out and moved home. While she seldom entertained guests, she read widely and wrote tons of letters and poems—words that give us a glimpse into the workings of her heart and soul.
It was not until after her death in 1886 that her poems were published. Works such as “A bird came down the walk” and “Her final summer” (Dickinson almost never gave her poems titles, so they are generally referred to by their first lines), reveal her capacity for deep intellectual thought as well as an abiding love of nature.