A Summer of Hummingbirds
By: Christopher Benfey
In the era following the Civil War, creative thinkers — artists, writers, poets, professors, preachers — had to find new meaning in their lives. The intertwined lives of Emily Dickinson, Austin Dickenson, Mabel Todd Loomis, Martin Heade, Henry Ward Beecher, are told, in part in this book. All of them shared a peculiar fascination with hummingbirds.
I found the story rather dry overall, considering it has the plot to be engrossing (several adulterous relationship, explorations in South America, etc.).
A New York Times review didn’t seem to like it much either.
I supposed that is why the book was in the clearance section.