Dickinson on Apple TV+ scores a Peabody Award

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Death kindly stops by Dickinson
Death kindly stops to visit Emily Dickinson in an award-winning Apple TV+ drama/comedy.
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The Peabody Awards declared on Wednesday that Dickinson on Apple TV+ is one of “the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2019.”

Apple’s drama/comedy interpretation of the life of the 19th poet was named one of the Peabody 30.

These awards describe Dickinson by saying, “Creator Alena Smith lovingly and playfully embraces anachronism, bringing a contemporary sense, sensibility, and soundtrack to 19th-century New England and the world of poet Emily Dickinson. Hailee Steinfeld offers a standout performance in a show that excels at being fun while crackling with energy and wild originality.”

The Peabody Awards focus on shows that address pressing social issues. They are based in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Dickinson is a modern take on the past

This isn’t a typical biography. “We’re not doing a biopic of Emily Dickinson in any kind of straightforward sense. We are doing our own poetic interpretation,” said Alena Smith.

The Apple TV+ series uses events from the life of a 19th Century poet to discuss problems women still face.

Watch the trailer.

All ten episodes of this non-traditional biopic are available now on Apple TV. It’s joined by others that have feminist themes: For All Mankind and The Morning Show.