The Father’s Role in the Self-Development of His Daughter
- Susan Adler Kavaler
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Emily Dickinson’s long-simmering hopes for editorial approval were crushed in one blow (Sewall, 1975). She had chosen Thomas Wentworth Higginson, an elder male figure, as her one prime judge. All her hopes for rescue from obscurity were pinned on him. Yet, the imagined ambrosia of praise was dashed with the salt of criticism. Higginson called the poet’s poems “spasmodic,” a blow from which Emily Dickinson never recovered. Acting like a little girl who can’t yet see beyond the sphere of her one and only daddy, Emily Dickinson revered Higginson, her editorial critic, and with his disapproval she sealed herself away for life. She never again attempted publication. Emily’s resounding remark of that time haunts us with the formidable subtlety of its stifled inner cry (Ferlazzo, 1976, p. 84)
A great hope fell You heard no noise The ruin was within
A great hope fell
You heard no noise
The ruin was withinOutwardly, she became a veiled, and “slightly cracked” (Higginson’s words) recluse.
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- The Father’s Role in the Self-Development of His Daughter
- Book Title
- Critical Psychophysical Passages in the Life of a Woman
- Book Subtitle
- A Psychodynamic Perspective
- Book Part
- Part I
- pp 49-65
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- Springer-Verlag US
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- Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg Ph.D. (1) (2)
- Editor Affiliations
- 1. The Psychoanalytic Society of the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
- 2. Brooklyn Institute for Psychotherapy
- Susan Adler Kavaler (3) (4) (5) (6)
- Author Affiliations
- 3. National Institute for the Psychotherapies, New York, USA
- 4. Psychoanalytic Faculty, Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, Psychoanalytic Institute, USA
- 5. Brooklyn Institute for Psychotherapy, USA
- 6. International School of Mental Health Practitioners, USA
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