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Letters Emily Dickinson

ISBN-10: 0307597040
ISBN-13: 9780307597045
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Description: A selection of the remarkable letters of Emily Dickinson in an elegant Pocket Poet edition. The same inimitable voice and dazzling insights that made Dickinsonrs"s poems immortal can be found in the whimsical, humorous, and often deeply moving  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.50
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/19/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

A selection of the remarkable letters of Emily Dickinson in an elegant Pocket Poet edition. The same inimitable voice and dazzling insights that made Dickinsonrs"s poems immortal can be found in the whimsical, humorous, and often deeply moving letters she wrote to her family and friends throughout her life. Her correspondence gives a fuller picture of the legendarily eccentric recluse: we see her tending her garden; baking bread; marking the marriages, births, and deaths of those she loved; reaching out for intellectual companionship; and confessing her personal joys and sorrows. These letters, invaluable for the light they shed on their author, are, as well, a pure pleasure to read.

Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on December 10, 1830. Although one of America's most acclaimed poets, the bulk of her work was not published until well after her death on May 15, 1886. The few poems published in her lifetime were not received with any great fanfare. After her death, Dickinson's sister Lavinia found over 1,700 poems Emily had written and stashed away in a drawer -- the accumulation of a life's obsession with words. Critics have agreed that Dickinson's poetry was well ahead of its time. Today she is considered one of the best poets of the English language. Except for a year spent at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, Dickinson spent her entire life in the family home in Amherst, Massachusetts. She never married and began to withdraw from society, eventually becoming a recluse. Dickinson's poetry engages the reader and requires his or her participation. Full of highly charged metaphors, her free verse and choice of words are best understood when read aloud. Dickinson's punctuation and capitalization, not orthodox by Victorian standards and called "spasmodic" by her critics, give greater emphasis to her meanings.

EMILY FRAGOS is an award-winning poet who teaches creative writing at NYU and Columbia University. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, and The Paris Review. She is the author of a collection of poetry, Little Savage and editor of the anthologies The Great Cat, The Dance, and Music's Spell. She lives in New York City.

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