Judith Farr is a literary critic, novelist, poet, and teacher, whose inner life has been captivated since childhood by the works of American—and English—writers and painters of genius from Emily Dickinson and Thomas Cole to Elinor Wylie and D.H.Lawrence.
Dr. Farr writes:
I began my professional life as a teenager in New York City, writing and publishing both fiction and poetry. The poets Marianne Moore and Leonie Adams (with whom I studied) nurtured both my inspiration and my work. Later, at Yale University, critics and scholars such as Cleanth Brooks and Louis Martz were my models in attempting to shape a critical sensibility. My work in all forms reflects my belief and delight in the contributions literature and painting make to each other. I am especially attracted to the poetry of Emily Dickinson and the art of the Hudson River and Luminist painters.
I have composed this website in response to inquiries about my activities and will add to it as need arises; for example, to report that two of my books are now eBooks: the novel, I Never Came to You in White (1996) and a critical study, The Gardens of Emily Dickinson (2004).
I have recently completed a novel about the romance, marriage and family life of General Robert E. Lee and his wife, Mary Custis, during the American Civil War. Based on extensive research, this book contains fascinating revelations about the Lees’ attitudes toward slavery and their activities during Reconstruction. I am now writing a memoir about my life as a woman professor in several all-male institutions.