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1. Emily Dickinson's letters : to
 
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2. Poems by Emily Dickinson, Three
 
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3. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
 
4. Poems / selected and edited with
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5. The handbook of Amherst, Massachusetts
 
6. Winter Afternoons. Cantata for
 
7. Poems : third series
 
8. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, 1830-1886
 
9. Emily Dickinson, December 10,
 
10. Emily Dickinson / December 10,
 
11. Emily Dickinson, December 10,
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12. Selected Poems & Letters of
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13. Emily Dickinson: Selected Letters
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14. Emily Dickinson and the Art of
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15. The Manuscript Books of Emily
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16. The Master Letters of Emily Dickinson
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17. New Poems of Emily Dickinson
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18. Selected Poems of Dickinson (Wordsworth
 
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19. The Life of Emily Dickinson
 
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20. The Life and Letters of Emily

1. Emily Dickinson's letters : to Dr. and Mrs. Josiah Gilbert Holland / edited by their granddaughter, Theodora Van Wagenen Ward
by Emily (1830-1886) Dickinson
Hardcover: Pages (1951)

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2. Poems by Emily Dickinson, Three Series, Complete
by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Choice
I'm not sure why anyone would want to publish or buy this book.It is like a Xerox copy of her poems in fine print without a table of contents or an index.The far superior Franklin edition is available for only a few dollars more.I suggest interested readers look there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Creative Genius
Emily Dickinson is very creative with her concise, rhyming poetry. She speaks about nature, love, death and God. Could you believe that a woman has that much creative talent? She is a female writer who breaks the barriers of gender. She challenges men and the world with her short but powerful words. A must read! ... Read more


3. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
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4. Poems / selected and edited with a commentary by Louis Untermeyer ; and illustrated by drawings by Helen Sewell (in original slipcase]
by Emily (1830-1886) Dickinson
 Hardcover: Pages (1952-01-01)

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5. The handbook of Amherst, Massachusetts
by Frederick H. (Frederick Hills) Hitchcock 1867-1928 Dickinson Emily 1830-1886
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This reproduction was printed from a digital file created at the Library of Congress as part of an extensive scanning effort started with a generous donation from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.The Library is pleased to offer much of its public domain holdings free of charge online and at a modest price in this printed format.Seeing these older volumes from our collections rediscovered by new generations of readers renews our own passion for books and scholarship. ... Read more


6. Winter Afternoons. Cantata for six solo voices and double bass. Words by Emily Dickinson. 1830-1886. [Score.]
by Peter Dickinson
 Unknown Binding: 18 Pages (1974)

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7. Poems : third series
by Emily, 1830-1886 Dickinson
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

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8. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, 1830-1886
by Jacob Blanck
 Unknown Binding: 454 Pages (1957)

Asin: B0007HZGEQ
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9. Emily Dickinson, December 10, 1830-May 15, 1886; A bibliography, with a Foreword by George F. Whicher
by incorporated, Amherst, Mass Jones library
 Hardcover: Pages (1930)

Asin: B002BB62AS
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10. Emily Dickinson / December 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886 / A Bibliography
by Anonymous; Jones Library
 Paperback: Pages (1931)

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11. Emily Dickinson, December 10, 1830-May 15, 1886: A bibliography
by Jones Library
 Unknown Binding: 63 Pages (1978)

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12. Selected Poems & Letters of Emily Dickinson
by Emily Dickinson
Paperback: 352 Pages (1959-09-01)
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Includes both poems and letters of Dickenson, as well as a contemporary description of the poet in Thomas Wentworth Higginson's account of his correspondence with the poet and his visit to her in Amherst. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars When the Student is Greater Than the Teacher
Emily Dickinson chose the wrong teacher when she reached out to Thomas Higginson, who was writing in the Atlantic Monthly, in the early 1860s.She asked him, "Are you too deeply occupied to say if my verse is alive?"She included original verse in her letter to Higginson challenging him deeply with her brilliance, depth of emotion, and astounding writing ability.Higginson seemed almost at a loss for words.This early letter, arriving in 1862, would be the beginning of a lifelong correspondence between Dickinson and Higginson.

He was disturbed by her offbeat and radical use of punctuation.His sagely but confused advice to her was to get more in line with standard punctuation.He understood correctly that Emily Dickinson was a unique-- possibly unprecedented voice in American Letters.But, he didn't understand quite enough the greatness that Dickinson's poetry represented.

Emily Dickinson is something of a tragic figure, apparently suffering from some kind of agoraphobia and an extreme shyness.She rarely left the grounds of her father's Amherst home.Higginson would only meet her twice in his life and he would describe the first meeting as follows, "The impression undoubtedly made of me was that of an excess of tension, and of something abnormal".He described her as needing help in solving "her abstruse problem of life". He described their meeting as the most disturbing meeting of his life.He said, "an instinct told me that the slightest attempt at direct cross examination would make her withdraw into her shell".

Reading Dickinson is challenging on so many levels.Her brilliance is almost shattering to the reader. Her ability to weave images, analogies, references, and emotion into her verse evokes deep responses from readers who care to meet her very weighty intellectual challenge.The sadness and depth of feeling in her work pours out of the page and seems to almost grab one by the heart and soul and throat.

Dickinson truly demands our attention and she gets it.

Her personal world was a small one but the places that her heart and intellect traveled certainly must have included the entire universe.She's not easy to read, but she is easy to love.She is a woman of grand skill and has a way of expression that make her timeless.She loved flowers and gardening and the grass and talked often in her work of life and so many deep frustrations of unfulfilled dreams and a deep core broken sadness that resulted from the deaths of family members around her.Only after her death did the world get to appreciate her incredible talent and skill.As a poet and correspondent, she is in the highest pantheon of American literature.

She would not know much fame in her life, but she is now immortal.

This is an excellent selection of her letters and poetry.The most important aspect of this particular book is that unlike other editors, this editor has chosen to leave Dickinson's unorthodox punctuation as she wrote it.In this case, the editor did very little editing and, in standing back and taking a more passive role, he has done a great service to everyone interested in Dickinson's work.

Her poetry and her prose appear so simple, yet are so complex and difficult to fathom.Her constructions, word choices, and comparisons can be very challenging for a modern reader, but they do sing.It seems so strange that Higginson would not actively pursue publication for Dickinson during her life.I think Dickinson challenged Higginson on so many levels and this was not an unusual effect that she had on people.It's seems a shame that Dickinson didn't enjoy the fame that she deserved during her life.

"For each ecstatic instant
We must an anguish pay
In keen and quivering ratio
To the ecstasy.

For each beloved hour
Sharp pittances of years,
Bitter contested farthings
And coffers heaped with tears."

Many of Dickinson's poems are untitled including the poem above but it is still powerful and beautiful. Dickinson wears her emotions so clearly and so proudly, it's no wonder that people needing her would be uncomfortable.She is one of these lonely aesthetes whose soul and mind is so expansive, and whose mind is so flooded with words and thoughts, that those in her presence can readily be overwhelmed. In Higginson's case, she probably didn't even have to speak to make him uncomfortable.

If Emily Dickinson had written her introductory letter to another writer or critic rather than Thomas Higginson, is it likely that she would have enjoyed fame and plaudits during her lifetime for her grand and deep poetry?Or, is it possible that Dickinson was ahead of her time, born too early into a society that just couldn't understand what she was trying to say?

I think that one has to have a little bit of sympathy for Higginson. It's not his fault, really, that he just didn't have the requisite depth of comprehension when Dickinson first approached him and throughout the ensuing years. It is clear to us reading Dickinson and Higginson's letters and his own writing, that Emily is the far brighter light of the two writers.Even at the very start of the relationship, when Dickinson asked for guidance, it was obvious that Dickinson was already the master and Higginson only a luckily-placed writer in a national magazine.

Emily Dickinson's first letter to Thomas Higginson must have come as something as a slap across the head-- he tried his best and they remained friends until Emily's death.He encouraged her and they were friends.But, perhaps there was more that he should have and could have done that he didn't.In his defense, what does one truly do when the universe arrives in a letter?

5-0 out of 5 stars A Mystery
I have come to believe that Emily Dickinson is the greatest writer America has produced. Unfortunately, the poet remained in anonymity and so went without constructive criticism. Her poems, while splendid, were not of thedepth of Whitman nor the pleasure of Longfellow. They did not"live" like Poe's. But they lived; only heavier in breath. So itis not her poetry that we look at to find America's greatest writer, it isthese wonderful letters. At thirteen her imagery is as complicated asMailer or Morrison might ever be. And in our age of television, no geniuswill surpass these imaginings. To read Emily is to fall in love with her.Certainly misunderstood. Unapreciated. My copy of this books is weatheredlike a Baptist preachers Bible. It is my favorite book of all time. Emilyis my favorite writer. Not everyone I recomend this book too enjoys it asmuch as I, but please try. You may find something special. ... Read more


13. Emily Dickinson: Selected Letters
by Emily Dickinson
Paperback: 384 Pages (1986-03-15)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Piece of the Dickinson Puzzle
An appraisal of this great figure's work is incomplete without a good look at these selected letters. As fascinating to the Dickinson scholar as they are to the casual enthusiast, Dickinson's letters -- along with those of Keats or Hopkins -- prove that this is every bit as legitimate a genre as fiction or poetry. Some of Dickinson's most gorgeous and enduring statements are here, and to read these in chronological order is to map the gradual development of America's premier woman poet. Even in a letter she wrote at 12-years-old, the idiosyncratic dashes with which she distinguished her poetic voice are abundant, and already have that effect of forcing the reader to savor clusters of words as they unravel down the page. Similarly, Dickinson's mind-blowing instinct for the staggering metaphor is in full gear throughout ("Vinnie came soft as a moccasin") and, for all her great death poetry, it is in a letter regarding the death of her father where we find perhaps her most vulnerable and moving confrontation with mortality:

"Father does not live with us now -- he lives in a new house. Though it was built in an hour it is better than this. He hasn't any garden because he moved after gardens were made, so we take him the best flowers, and if we only knew he knew, perhaps we could stop crying."

Perhaps most fascinating of all, though, is the mixture of extremes Dickinson's personality manifests throughout these letters, a crude bluntness that mingles with the most tender innocence. She at once condemns a cousin's valentine as "A little condescending, & sarcastic, your Valentine to me, I thought" and begins another missive with the exuberant mysticism of a child speaking as if out of some fairytale: "I wanted to write, and just tell you that me, and my spirit were fighting this morning. It isn't known generally, and you musn't tell anybody." Of course, this book also includes that characteristically bizarre and unforgettable final letter, which she wrote while suffering from the illness that would take her life just days later: "Little Cousins, Called Back. Emily." Especially enjoyable about this particular volume are the endnotes with which the editor follows up most letters. These brief but informed observations offer a fascinating and thorough glimpse into Dickinson's reading life, while also helping to illuminate her more obscure autobiographical allusions. This book is as fascinating an odyssey as Dickinson's complete poems, and I think readers do themselves a great service by delving into these letters alongside that more celebrated aspect of her genius.

5-0 out of 5 stars Precious surviving fragments of a great oeuvre.
EMILY DICKINSON SELECTED LETTERS.Edited by Thomas H. Johnson. 364 pp.Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.SBN674-25060-5 (hbk).

Emily Dickinson was a great letter writer, in all senses of theword.In fact one gets the impression that she actually preferred writing to people, than meeting and conversing with them, and for her the arrival of a letter was a great event.A letter was something she looked forward to with keen anticipation, and which she savored to the full whenever one arrived.

The present selection of letters represents only a small proportionof the letters Emily Dickinson actually wrote.She was an inveterate letter-writer, had many correspondents, and wrote thousands of letters.And peoplein those days collected letters just as today.

Unfortunately it was the custom, whenever anyone died, to make a bonfire of all of their correspondence, probably because of its personal and confidentialnature.In this way thousands of pages of Emily Dickinson's writings have been lost to posterity, and we would know much more aboute the details of her day-to-day life, and be able to date her poems more accurately, if it hadn't been for thistragic loss.

Just how great the loss is may be gaged by taking a look at the way Ellen Louise Hart and Martha Nell Smith have treated her letters in 'Open Me Carefully : Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson' (1998).Whereas Thomas Johnson prints all of ED's letters as straight prose, which of course leads us to read them as straight prose, Hart-Smith give us theirparticular letters as they actually appear in the original draft - not as continous lines of prose but as very short lines with numerous line breaks - in other words, as poetry.

It would seem that at least some of ED's 'letters' are not so much letters as 'letter-poems,' and when read as poems produce a remarkable rangeof effects that are lost when all line breaks are removed and the 'letter' is regularized as straight prose.The loss of her letters now begins to look much more serious, for there seems to be a growing feeling among readers that her letters were every bit as great an artistic achievement as her poems.

Given this, the present book becomes something that should interest all serious students of ED, although before reading it they might (if they haven't already) take at look at the Hart-Smith, and keep it in mind while reading the Johnson.One wonders how much poetry may be lurking unrecognized in the regularized lines of 'EmilyDickinson's Selected Letters.'

5-0 out of 5 stars A letter like immortality
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If you are, like me, an Emily Dickinson's great admirer you will be genuinely drawn into this book. Emily Dickinson has bewitched and perplexed everyone with her extremely profound poetry disguised in apparent simplicity. However, in her book of letters we uncover the woman (and not the author) behind her work, whose main assets were acute sensitivity and lovingness. This collection, unlike other books of the genre, such as Elizabeth Bishop's One Art or Keats's book of letters, do not reveal much of her poetry, as her mental struggle with the work, her intentions, or choice of words. Even so, the reader is allowed into her family relationships, into her care and love for her few friends, and above all into her deep-set feeling of solitude. Besides, throughout her letters she discloses her main existential concerns, which are inevitably reflected in her poems. This book makes it possible to discover the books she read and the ones that offered her the greatest pleasure. As the collection includes from her juvenile writings to her latest letters when already living in social "exile," they form a most engrossing reading, with the characteristics of an autobiography, without the intention by the author to write one. In her very words, "my letter as a bee, goes laden." ... Read more


14. Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief (Library of Religious Biography Series)
by Roger Lundin
Paperback: 336 Pages (2004-02)
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Garnishing awards from "Choice," "Christianity Today," "Books & Culture," and the Conference on Christianity and Literature when first published in 1998, Roger Lundin's "Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief" has been widely recognized as one of the finest biographies of the great American poet Emily Dickinson. Paying special attention to her experience of faith, Lundin skillfully relates Dickinson's life — as it can be charted through her poems and letters — to nineteenth-century American political, social, religious, and intellectual history.

This second edition of Lundin's superb work includes a standard bibliography, expanded notes, and a more extensive discussion of Dickinson's poetry than the first edition contained. Besides examining Dickinson's singular life and work in greater depth, Lundin has also keyed all poem citations to the recently updated standard edition of Dickinson's poetry. Already outstanding, Lundin's biography of Emily Dickinson is now even better than before. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Emily Dickinso9n nd the Art of Belief
This is an oustanding biography of Emily Dickson drawn almost completely from the revelations found in her letters. It is the best biography of this enigmatic writer that I have ever seen. For scolas of American literature this is a MUST HAVE for your libraries.

4-0 out of 5 stars Expands the Emily enigma more than it explains...
I have been obsessed with the life of Dickinson for more than 20 years, and I had high hopes that this author would fill in some gaps that the other 15 or 20 E.D. books had not. In that wish, I was unfulfilled, although the author gives it a great try. I did learn more than I knew before about the "general" protestant currents in Emily's New England between 1830-1880, but the Queen Recluse emerges from Lundlin's examination of her apparent beefs with, and beliefs about, Christianity as still "a puzzlement." For other E.D. compulsives, I think this is a must-own, but for casual poetry fans, it probably is not an essential addition to their shelf. For any serious Emily explorer, Richard Sewell's massive 1974 "Life of Emily Dickinson" remains the Mount Everest that must be scaled, and the most satisfying look at her life, poetry and prose.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unwrapping a Bit of the Enigma
This book is a rarity: a work of biography and literary criticism that isn't a chore to plow through. Roger Lundin's style, unlike that of most academics who pursue the great classics of literature, is lucid and uncomplicated. There isn't, as I recall, a tortured sentence in the entire book.

Besides this not-to-be-discounted virtue, there are other important ones as well. Since the book is guided by Lundin's thesis, which has to do with issues of faith as they are expressed in Dickinson's work, the focus is tight, producing a similarly focused narrative. No time is wasted on speculations about Dickinson's sex life, for example, though the readily verifiable is certainly reviewed in the pages of the book. About Dickinson's relationship with the man she came close to marrying, Otis P. Lord, we'd probably like to hear more. But again, the record is incomplete because much of the correspondence between the principals was destroyed, and Lundin doesn't overstep, sticking to what can be proved.

This is not strictly a critical biography, so those poems tjat Lundin examines are considered only briefly--just closely enough to explain their relationship to his thesis. Lundin chooses judiciously, as he does among the letters and personal accounts centering on Dickinson. Besides, he relates Dickinson's thinking on matters of faith to spiritual and intellectual trends in 19th-century America, and this is among the most important features of the work, especially since he cites a number of noted authorities on the place of religion in American history. If you have any interest in such issues, Lundin's citations will probably send you on a further quest.

Only rarely did I say to myself, "I'd like to hear more about that topic." Lundin develops his thesis with skill and with great sympathy for his subject. He certainly doesn't explain the enigma that is Emily Dickinson, but he moves us closer to an understanding of this frustratingly, fascinatingly complex artist.

4-0 out of 5 stars A penetrating look at Emily Dickinson's spiritual formation
As a lay person, knowing more of Roger Lundin's academic reputation than of Emily Dickinson's life and work, I was intimidated by the prospect of reading his biography of the poet, "Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief." However, as the foreword assures us, this book is not meant for the "cognoscenti" alone, but for us "uninitiated outsiders" as well. And as the departing shore of the book's introduction became faint, I found only the calm seas and smooth sailing of a real page turner.I was soon fascinated by Dickinson's enigmatic life as Lundin carefully unfolded the practical details of her life in nineteenth century Amherst, as well as her development as a poet, an intellectual, and a religious thinker in an era on the edge of modernity.One of the most poignant themes in the book was Dickinson's progressive reclusiveness--and for all the reasons Lundin gives for it, I wasn't completely satisfied until the very last chapter. A surprising dimension of the book is the discussion of Emily's political, cultural, and religious milieu--which we eventually come to learn is key to understanding Dickinson's discomfiting questions and world view.The only fault I find in the book is not at Lundin's hand, but Emily herself. Though she leaves us in awe of her literary genius and spiritual sensitivity, her seemingly selfish reclusiveness and her failure to ever clearly declare the state of her soul left me feeling sorry for her.Although I have been taught never to judge in these matters, as a Christian I can't help but wonder, "was she or wasn't she?" Did she ever make the leap of faith?Lundin never gives us a definitive "yes" or "no," but yet gives enough data that we can make our own educated determination. I only hope that when I have "forded the mystery" and turn the corner of Heaven, I will find Emily at the feet of Jesus, having set aside her pondering pen, happy and content to finally be a bride. "Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief" gives me that much hope ... Read more


15. The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson (2 Volume Set)
by Emily Dickinson
Hardcover: 1490 Pages (1981-12-22)
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Here for the first time is the poetry of Emily Dickinson as she herself "published" it in the privacy of her upstairs room in the house in Amherst.

She invented her own form of bookmaking. Her first drafts, jotted on odd scraps of paper, were discarded when transcribed. Completed poems were neatly copied in ink on sheets of folded stationery which she arranged in groups, usually of sixteen to twenty-four pages, and sewed together into packets or fascicles. These manuscript books were her private mode of publication, a substitute perhaps for the public mode that, for reasons unexplained, she denied herself. In recent years there has been increasing interest in the fascicles as artistic gathering, intrarelated by theme, imagery, or emotional movement. But no edition in the past, not even the variorum, or has arranged the poems in the sequence in which they appear in the manuscript books.

Emily Dickinson's poems, more than those of any other poet, resist translation into the medium of print. Since she never saw a manuscript through the press, we cannot tell how she would have adapted for print her unusual capitalization, punctuation, line and stanza divisions, and alternate readings. The feather-light punctuation, in particular, is misrepresented when converted to conventional stop or even to dashes.

This elegant edition presents all of Emily Dickinson's manuscript books and unsewn fascicle sheets--1,148 poems on 1,250 pages--restored insofar as possible to their original order, as they were when her sister found them after her death. The manuscripts are reproduced with startling fidelity in 300-line screen. Every detail is preserved: the bosses on the stationery, the sewing holes and tears, and poet's alternate reading and penciled revisions, ink spots and other stains offset onto adjacent leaves, and later markings by Susan Dickinson, Mabel Todd, and others. The experience of reading these facsimile pages is virtually the same as reading the manuscripts themselves.

Supplementary information is provided in introductions, notes, and appendices. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's Back in Print!
If you missed a chance to buy this invaluable Dickinson resource the first time around, don't despair.It is available once again from Harvard University Press as a hardcover, print-on-demand title ($[...]).The type font, illustrations, and paper opacity are identical to that of the first edition, but the bindings may differ somewhat.For Dickinson enthusiasts and scholars alike, it is a great way to obtain this indispensible set at a reasonable price. See the details at: [...]

5-0 out of 5 stars Writing as performance
Since Gutenberg, we have fixed our attention on the regularity of type, of perfectly redundant print. This digitization of written expression is not without cost. Our tendency with print is to forget the material form of the expression, its path in reaching us, and the clues available in the holographic. Still we value the signature and the written note from an intimate. ED's compositions depend in part upon the concrete aspects -- visual and expressive -- of her particular inscriptions. These are as variable and ambiguous as her syntax and equally worth the effort to decode. Take a poem you already know and love and read it in manuscript: yet another delight will emerge.

5-0 out of 5 stars A jewel for the collection of all Dickinson enthusiasts.
THE MANUSCRIPT BOOKS OF EMILY DICKINSON.Edited by R. W. Franklin.2 vols, 1442 pp. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1981. ISBN 0-674-54828-0 (hbk.)

What do we mean when we speak of "an Emily Dickinson poem" ?If you think about it, we could mean one of at least five different things. We may be referring :

(1) to her poems as they are found in her original manuscripts;

(2) to their photographic facsimiles as in the present edition;

(3) to the Variorum editions of Thomas H. Johnson or R. W. Franklinwhich attempt to get over into typographic form as much asthey can of her highly idiosyncratic manuscript drafts - with all of their variants and their peculiarities of line breaks, spacing, punctuation, and of alternate words about which she never made up her mind but placed neatly alongside or beneath many of her poems;

(4) to the reader's editions of Johnson and Franklin which offer what these Dickinson scholars and expert editors feel is _one_ (of many possible) sensible and acceptable readings out of the mass of variants;

(5) or finally we may be referring to her poems as altered, revised, regularized, tidied-up and smoothed out so as to be made to look more'normal' and acceptable to ordinary readers.At this fifth and furthestremove from ED's own drafts, we are given a text by a towering geniusas modified by someone who was far less than a genius, and who has usuallydamaged the poem in various ways.

The present 2-volume set of 'The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson' brings us as close to the real thing as most of us will ever get.It gives us photographic facsimiles, with full scholarly apparatus, not of all of her poems but of those she bound into forty fascicles, tiny hand-stitched manuscript-books that she squirreled away in her room and that were not to be discovered until after her death many years later.

Here you can see how her strange handwriting changed radically overthe years.Here you can see all of the peculiarities of her spelling. Here you can see all those little asterisks which sheused to indicate an alternate word elsewhere on the page, usually atthe foot.Here you can also see all of her line breaks and her idiosyncrasies of spacing, both of which are often highly significant. Here, in a word, you can see the hand of a genius at work.

Personally I think we are extremely fortunate to have these twovolumes, and that all lovers of ED's amazing poems, poems that are one of the wonders of the world, should be grateful to R. W. Franklinfor the arduous labors that must have gone into his impeccable edition, an edition with full scholarly apparatus that provides a wealth of fascinating information about the forty fascicles.

The two large, heavy and sturdy volumes are stitched, bound in half cloth, beautifully printed on a very strong, smooth, ivory tintedpaper that we are told is the finest paper in the world and I can well believe it, and they come in a buckram-covered box.

It's clear that no pains have been spared to give us, not only accurate and annotatedphotographic facsimiles of every page of the Manuscript Books, butalso to give them to us in sturdy and beautiful volumes that are afitting vehicle for the works of the amazing woman we know as EmilyDickinson.How astounded and gratified she would have been to haveseen this set, a set that would warm the heart of any bibliophile, and that belongs in the collection of all Dickinson enthusiasts. ... Read more


16. The Master Letters of Emily Dickinson
by Emily Dickinson
Paperback: 48 Pages (1998-04)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Charming, intimate letters of Emily Dickinson
This is a short but charming book from Amherst College Press, published for the centennial of Emily Dickinson's 1886 death, edited with an introduction and manuscript comments by R. W. Franklin.Ralph Franklin is arguably the best current Dickinson manuscript scholar and also edited 'The Poems of Emily Dickinson', to my eyes the current definitive edition of Dickinson.

The Master Letters are three letters, actually drafts of three letters, to a person Emily addresses as 'Master'.They are undated by Dickinson, but some sleuthing and careful handwriting analysis described in the introduction put them in a credible chronological order.No other version of these letters or the other side of this correspondence is known.A wonderful mystery.

For decades only a fragment of one letter was known to the public, published with Dickinson poems because of the poetic qualities abundant in these letters.The full letters were suppressed, presumably because of their intimate emotional content.The mildest letter was published in 1931, the final two waited until 1955 for publication.

Because of Dickinson's original and idiosyncratic use of punctuation, capitalization, and word and line spacing, it is currently fashionable to read Dickinson in the original, usually meaning reproductions of the handwritten originals.Standard print has no equivalent of her dashes of various lengths, for example.This text includes full page photographs of every page of the letters with a faithful printed version on the facing page. Plus, as a real treat, an insert envelope contains complete reproductions of all the original leaves.A beautiful touch.The hand of the author is very present in scratch outs, overwrites, and corrections - giving hints at Emily's creative and editing process.The handwriting is clear and legible but takes some study to read fluidly.

I feel very close to Emily Dickinson reading and holding these letters.This text is a must for Dickinson fans, and will be appreciated by many bibliophiles and scholars. ... Read more


17. New Poems of Emily Dickinson
by Emily Dickinson
Paperback: 136 Pages (1993-09-24)
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For most of her life Emily Dickinson regularly embedded poems, disguised as prose, in her lively and thoughtful letters. Although many critics have commented on the poetic quality of Dickinson's letters, William Shurr is the first to draw fully developed poems from them. In this remarkable volume, he presents nearly 500 new poems that he and his associates excavated from her correspondence, thereby expanding the canon of Dickinson's known poems by almost one-third and making a remarkable addition to the study of American literature.

Here are new riddles and epigrams, as well as longer lyrics that have never been seen as poems before. While Shurr has reformatted passages from the letters as poetry, a practice Dickinson herself occasionally followed, no words, punctuation, or spellings have been changed. Shurr points out that these new verses have much in common with Dickinson's well-known poems: they have her typical punctuation (especially the characteristic dashes and capitalizations); they use her preferred hymn or ballad meters; and they continue her search for new and unusual rhymes. Most of all, these poems continue Dickinson's remarkable experiments in extending the boundaries of poetry and human sensibility. ... Read more


18. Selected Poems of Dickinson (Wordsworth Poetry) (Wordsworth Collection)
by Emily Dickinson
Paperback: 224 Pages (1998-04-01)
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Initially a vivacious, outgoing person, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) progressively withdrew into a reclusive existence. An undiscovered genius during her lifetime, only seven out of her total of 1,775 poems were published prior to her death. She had an immense breadth of vision and a passionate intensity and awe for life, love, nature, time and eternity. Originally branded an eccentric, Emily Dickinson is now recognised as a major poet of great depth. ... Read more


19. The Life of Emily Dickinson
by Richard B. Sewall
 Paperback: 924 Pages (1998-07-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The life of Emily Dickinson, Richard B. Sewall's monumental biography of the great American poet (1830-1886), wont the National Book Award when it was originally publsihed in two volumes. Now available in the one-volume eidtion, it has been called "by far the best and most complete study of the poet's life yet to be written, the result of nearly twenty years of work" (The Atlantic).

R.W.B. Lewis has hailed it as "a major event in Americn letters," adding that "Richard Sewall's biographical vision of Emily Dickinson is as complete as humans cholarship, ingenuity, stylistic pungency, and common sense can arrive at."
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Winner of the National Book Award, this massively detailedbiography throws a light into the study of the brilliant poet.Howdid EmilyDickinson, from the small window over her desk, come to see a lifethat included the horror, exaltation and humor that lives her poetry?With abundance and impartiality, Sewall shows us not just the poet northe poetry, but the woman and her life. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Muddy waters
I was surprised to find this book so highly rated by other reviewers.I found it frustrating--Mr. Sewell spends a great deal of time and effort telling about different theories for events in Emily Dickenson's life, and then telling the reader that "I don't think that can be true".However, he never seemed to give any of his own answers to this enigmatic life.This is the first biographyI have read about ED, and I come away greatly puzzled . . .

5-0 out of 5 stars Agreat book!
If you are looking to buy just one biography of this great poet, this is the one to buy. Extremely detailed with a lot of period photographs of Emily and her family and friends. The appendixes are full of source documents, including excerpts from personal correspondence. Not easy reading, but well worth the effort. If you really want to know Emily Dickinson, get this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not really a biography
I have just read this book and enjoyed it thoroughly. However, the title is somewhat misleading, as this is not a conventional biography. Other than a few chapters on her childhood and early education, the book is arranged in "theme" chapters, each focussing on a particular person or aspect of her life, illustrated, and heavily annotated, with letters and poems related to that theme.

I ended the book with more questions about her life than I had at the beginning. Many of them are barely addressed in the book, or just hinted at. Perhaps the book was intended for readers who are already very familiar with the biographical details.

Just as one example, the author mentions several times the eye problem that led to one of Emily's rare trips away from her home for treatement in Boston. I kept thinking that sooner or later some further details about this eye problem would be revealed, but there was never more than a few widely scattered sentences about it. Perhaps there isn't enough evidence to be able to conjecture as to the nature of the problem, but the author doesn't even seem to think it's an important enough detail to require a weighing of the evidence.

Likewise her mother's long illness, which played a role in Emily's withdrawal from the world, is mentioned but its nature is not discussed, other than a mention that she was paralyzed near the end of her life. Did she suffer a stroke? Was she lucid? Since Emily was her primary caregiver, it would seem that these details might bear on her own emotional state during the years of this illness and would warrant at least some speculation.

Even Emily's own final illness remains a mystery. We learn that her sister blamed it on the ill treatment received from her sister-in-law, and that her doctor attributed it to "nerves". However, from other hints, it seems to be a progessively debilitating illness. There is never as much as a paragraph in the entire book which speculates on the nature of this fatal illness or how much she might have been incapacitated between the first attack in June 1884 and her death in May 1885. "Nerves" seems to me to be an insufficient explanation for the death of the poet after an illness of eleven months. Are we sure the fainting spell was related to the final illness? Was she ill for the entire eleven months? For how long was she bedridden? The author doesn't even pose these questions.

In a book of 821 pages, there is no index entry for "illness". "Death [of ED]" has 7 widely scattered and brief entries, one of which is a footnote, one of which is a 13-sentence entry on how her death affected her brother, one of which is the text of her obituary and three of which describe her funeral(on pages 273, 575 and 667, to show how scattered they are). The seventh entry refers to her obituary, but seems to be a mistake, as I find no mention of her death or obituary on the page cited.

The book is especially good on the life of her brother Austin, and is also good on her father. Her mother and sister remain mysterious, probably because they were not much more exposed to public scrutiny than Emily herself was. It is obvious that her sister was nearly as much of a recluse as Emily, or at least was perceived as such by their neighbors.

In such a scattered book, there is inevitably a good deal of repetition of details. The three mentions of Emily's funeral cited above, for example, are mostly identical. Poems are also quoted in part or in their entirety multiple times.

There is an index of the poems and the pages on which they are discussed, which is useful for understanding the context of some of these, although the author acknowledges that the dating of the poems presents many problems.

There is a chronology at the beginning of the book, which really is the closest there is to a temporal ordering of the poet's life. I would suggest photocopying it and using it as a bookmark, because there is little chronological ordering, even within chapters at times. I found myself asking such things as, "Was this before her brother's marriage or after? Was her father still alive when this happened?" As a matter of fact, because I didn't have the chronology in front of me, I was surprised to realize, when I had almost finished the book, that Emily's father was still alive during the period of her most intense literary activity. After the early chapter devoted to her father's life, he is not often mentioned again, and I had somehow remained with the impression that he had died much earlier in her life.

Much as I enjoyed this book, I am left wanting another book to fill in the gaps. However, I learned enough about the partisanal nature of her biographers to be wary of choosing one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Find an editor
Somewhere among the 800 pages of this tome is a great 250-page biography. Mr. Sewall has assembled a massively detailed account of ED's life. I know presenting myriad detail of a subject's life is the biographer's method for removing themselves from the reader's relationship and experience of the subject, but I find this current trend of unleashing 800 to 1200 page biographies very taxing on the general reader.Although I wasn't completely disappointed in Mr. Sewall's biography, I was hoping for a tighter depiction of ED's life.I'm a general reader, not an academician. I was simply looking for an account of ED's life that would help me better understand her sublime poetry.This book delivered too much matter and not enough essence for me. However, the final chapter of the book entitled "The Poet" was very enlightening and poignantly written. This last chapter deserves 5 stars, the rest of the book 2.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for College Courses
Emily Dickinson is easily my favorite poet (also see my review on "Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson", which every poetry lover should own). I took a college course that focused on Emily Dickinson and these were the two books used for that course (there were optional books, which I also read, but nowhere near as good as these). The author's analysis of some poems can be questioned (whose cannot?), but the wealth of material presented is incredible. This is THE reference book about her life. So, if you want details about the woman behind the beautiful words, then get this book. Also consider visiting her house in Amherst (MA), which still has tours during the warmer months. All three things will give you a very good look into her writing. ... Read more


20. The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson
by Emily Dickinson
 Hardcover: 386 Pages (1971-06)
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