Emily Dickinson Selected Letters

ISBN-10: 0674250702

ISBN-13: 9780674250703

Edition: 1986

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When the complete Letters of Emily Dickinson appeared in three volumes in 1958, Robert Kirsch welcomed them in the Los Angeles Times, saying "The missives offer access to the mind and heart of one of America's most intriguing literary personalities." This one-volume selection is at last available in paper-back. It provides crucial texts for the appreciation of America literature, women's experience in the ninteenth century, and literature in general.
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List price: $34.50
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

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.

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1842-1846 "...the Hens lay finely..."
1847-1848 "I am really at Mt Holyoke..."
1849-1850 "Amherst is alive with fun this winter..."
1851-1854 "...we do not have much poetry, father having made up his mind that its pretty much all real life."
1855-1857 "To live, and die, and mount again in triumphant body...is no schoolboy's theme!"
1858-1861 "Much has occurred...so much - that I stagger as I write, in its sharp remembrance."
1862-1865 "Perhaps you smile at me. I could not stop for that - My Business is Circumference."
1866-1869 "A Letter always feels to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without corporeal friend."
1870-1874 "I find ecstasy in living - the mere sense of living is joy enough."
1875-1879 "Nature is a Haunted House - but Art - a House that tries to be haunted."
1880-1883 "I hesitate which word to take, as I can take but few and each must be the chiefest..."
1884-1886 "...a Letter is a joy of Earth - it is denied the Gods."
Biographical Sketches of Recipients of Letters and of Persons Mentioned in Them
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