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emily dickinson is helen oyeyemi’s hero–who’s yours?

Dickinson is my hero because she was a joker, because she would never explain, because as a poet she confronted pain, dread and death, and because she was capable of speaking of those matters with both levity and seriousness.

My literary hero is George Eliot because she was a late bloomer, because she found freedom and love, because it was happiness that allowed her to flourish artistically, because she lived true to her values even though they were different from her social milieu’s and she succeeded despite the fact that some people wouldn’t invite her to dinner.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

6 thoughts on “emily dickinson is helen oyeyemi’s hero–who’s yours?

  1. Ooh tricky one. I suppose my literary heroine would have to be Colette – for her total committment to writing, whatever else life threw at her, for the attitude of grounded common sense she put forth in her stories, and for doing exactly as she pleased, however against convention it was. However, I have to say that Willa Cather is giving her a good run for her money at present!

  2. Annie Proulx. Yes, she’s amazing. I remember the impact of reading her Wyoming Stories. I lived up on the Divide in Montana at the time and had friends that were sheep herders. I spent most of my days just wandering up and down mountains and walking the narrow valleys between them so reading Proulx was like finding words that fit with the rhythm of my days. Have you read this interview ? It’s a good one.

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