Open Me Carefully Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson

ISBN-10: 0963818368
ISBN-13: 9780963818362
Edition: 1998
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Description: For the first time, selections from Emily Dickinson's thirty-six year correspondence to her neighbor and sister-in-law, Susan Huntington Dickinson, are compiled in a single volume. Open Me Carefully invites a dramatic new understanding of Emily  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Paris Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 362
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188

For the first time, selections from Emily Dickinson's thirty-six year correspondence to her neighbor and sister-in-law, Susan Huntington Dickinson, are compiled in a single volume. Open Me Carefully invites a dramatic new understanding of Emily Dickinson's life and work, overcoming a century of censorship and misinterpretation. For the millions of readers who love Emily Dickinson's poetry, Open Me Carefully brings new light to the meaning of the poet's life and work. Gone is Emily as lonely spinster--here is Dickinson in her own words, passionate and fully alive. "With spare commentary, Smith ... and Hart ... let these letters speak for themselves. Most important, unlike previous editors who altered line breaks to fit their sense of what is poetry or prose, Hart and Smith offer faithful reproductions of the letters' genre-defying form as the words unravel spectacularly down the original page."-Renee Tursi, The New York Times Book Review

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.

Publisher's Note
Introduction
A Note on the Text
Chronology
Why Susie!: Early Writings, 1850 to mid-1850s
Sue, Dear Sue, Sweet Sue, Sister: Early Middle Writings, mid-1850s to mid-1860s
The Incidents of Love: Late Middle Writings, mid-1860s to mid-1870s
To Be Susan Is Imagination: Late Writings, mid-1870s to May 1886
Coda
Key to Materials
Notes
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index of First Lines
Index of Names and Subjects

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