Emily Dickinson is America’s most enigmatic literary genius. The outpouring of novels (William Nicholson’s Amherst; Jerome Charyn’s The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson) and movies (A Quiet Passion; Wild Nights with Emily) about her—not to mention all the scholarly books and articles—attests to our enduring fascination with the belle of Amherst, as she has been called. And yet we still don’t know what to make of this isolated genius and her complex poetry. What Winston Churchill famously said of Russia still applies to her. She is “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”.