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Friends of the Library Honors Edmund Epstein March 16 with Dickinson Program

Actress Melanie Lipton
Actress Melanie Lipton
The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman play about the poet Emily Dickinson performed by actress Melanie Lipton, will be the centerpiece of a Friends of the Library (FOL) program to honor the late Professor Edmund L. Epstein on Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m. in the library’s Lapham Meeting Room.

Set in Dickinson’s Amherst home, the play, by author William Luce, draws extensively on Dickinson’s poems and letters. Dickinson produced poems that are considered transcendental, forming a bridge between the poetic conventions of the eighteenth century and modern American poetry.

Professor Edmund Epstein, a local resident who died in 2012, was an internationally known literary scholar who gave frequent lectures at the library and whose family has lent its support to The Belle of Amherst program.

Amy G. Bass, president of the Friends, commented, “We are thrilled to honor the memory of Professor Epstein by presenting The Belle of Amherst and are grateful to the Epstein family, and to our many Friends donors in the community, for their support of the Friends and our library.”  For more information see www.pwpl.org/fol

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