Donna Seaman is an associate editor for Booklist, a reviewer for the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, and other venues. A book critic for Chicago Public Radio, her author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books, and at

Ever since her death the reclusive poet’s life has fascinated readers and a new novel explores her unknown romantic life. Donna Seaman on the latest twist in Dickinson’s afterlife.