Some Favored Nook

Some Favored Nook

Composed by Eric Nathan
Tony Arnold, Soprano
William Sharp, Baritone
Seth Knopp, Piano

“a work that deserves to be heard again and again.”
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Some Favored Nook

Some Favored Nook

 
 

About the Project

Composed by Eric Nathan
Dramaturgy by Mark Campbell
Texts by Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson,
adapted by Mark Campbell and Eric Nathan

 

Duration: 50 minutes

Mark Campbell’s and my Some Favored Nook takes place in Civil War-era America and speaks to our current moment. It is inspired by the significant correspondence between an unlikely pair: Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Some Favored Nook uses Dickinson and Higginson's poetry and writings as a lens to view the social, political and cultural issues of this early chapter in American history – abolition, civil rights, women's rights, the effects of war, as well as many of the themes that fill Dickinson's poetry, such as love and death – all issues that are as relevant today as they were in Dickinson’s time.

 

Dickinson’s and Higginson’s correspondence spanned twenty-four years and offers an intimate look into Dickinson’s private world as well as to Higginson’s involvement in major social and political issues of the day, as the commanding officer of the First South Carolina Volunteers, the first black regiment in the Civil War. Higginson was also a noted supporter of women poets, and published the first collection of Dickinson’s poetry after her death. We use both excerpts from Dickinson’s letters and poems she sent to Higginson. As many of Higginson’s letters to her are lost, texts are set from Higginson’s own essays and diaries from his “Army Life in a Black Regiment,” giving an important historical context to Dickinson’s work.

 

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