Hailee Steinfeld in Dickinson: Not your prim and proper 19th-century poet! Forget about subdued ladies in buttoned-up corsets! The American comedy series Dickinson is far from your imagined period drama set in the 19th century! The web series arrived in Apple TV+ on November 1, 2019, and was fully prepped up to give you an audacious take on Emily Dickinson's coming-of-age story.
The film features the Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld as the lead star, alongside Dickinson's esteemed cast that includes Jane Krakowski, Toby Huss, Adrian Blake Enscoe, Anna Baryshnikov, and Ella Hunt. We also give credit to the showrunner, writer, and executive producer Alena Smith--the brilliant mind behind The Affair and The Newsroom! We owe her the web series' bold and interesting perspective in looking at Emily Dickinson's personal life. While literary accounts have always depicted Dickinsons as a prolific poet and an erudite scholar, the TV series will surely get you mind-blown with its own rendition. A breath of fresh air is anticipated by fans as Alena Smith is expected to infuse modern flairs in the historical drama slash period comedy series. Expect a young Emily Dickinson in red lipstick, living her life in the 19th century while trying to find her place in a society that sees her unfitting. Moreover, Smith vowed to get loose with everything including the language and mannerisms for the show to exude a lighter mood to the audience. While it revolves around society, gender, and family, Steinfeld assured everyone on Jimmy Fallon's show that it is going to be a feel-good series. So, don't miss Dickinson TV series on Apple TV plus this Halloween!
"Come with me this morning to the church within our hearts, where the bells are always ringing, and the preacher whose name is Love — shall intercede for us!" Emily Dickinson once said on a Sunday morning in a letter to her beloved. Thanks to Maria Popova's article entitled "Emily Dickinson's Electric Love Letters to Susan Gilbert", who cited it. But this ain't one of the typical happily-ever-after love stories out there. In fact, it was one of the most heartbreaking yet liberating stories in the 19th century, at least for most. Interestingly, it somehow negates the popular belief about Dickinson being a lovelorn lady during her time. But did you know whom she fell in love with? She fell in love with her sister-in-law Susan Gilbert. Yes! You read that right, it seems that our lovelorn poet wasn't as unhappy as we thought she was!
Just right before Emily Dickinson arrived in her 20s, she found her first and perhaps her greatest love--Susan Huntington Gilbert, or Susie as she would call her. Susan served as her mistress, muse, and mentor. Well, to Emily, Susan was her 'the-one-that-got-way'. After a few years, Susan married Emily's brother Austin Dickinson in 1856 and the rest is history. Well, technically not everything, since Wild Nights with Emily happened in March of 2018. A daring biographical film directed by Madeleine Olnek, it audaciously tackles the queer life of Emily Dickinson and her romance with Susan. While the film has a comedic drama take, the upcoming Dickinson TV series on Apple TV plus promises a light depiction of Emily herself. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, the American comedy series is poised to become part of some of the best LGBT TV shows ever!
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