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The poems of Emily Dickinson
Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886.
Uniform Title:
Variorum edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
3 volumes : illustrations ; 25 cm
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library PS1541 .A1 1998 V. 3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
Central Library PS1541 .A1 1998 V. 2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
Central Library PS1541 .A1 1998 V. 1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Emily Dickinson lived and died without fame: she saw only a few poems published. Her legacy was later rescued from her desk drawer - an astonishing body of work revealing her acute, sensitive nature reaching out boldly from self-referral to a wider, imagined world.

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Volume I Introduction
Poems 1-526
Volume II Poems 527-1287
Volume III Poems 1288-1789
Poems Published in Emily Dickinson's Lifetime Distribution by Year Later Manuscripts Fascicles and Sets
Transcriptions Fascicles and Sets
The Manuscript Books (1981) Titles, Characterizations, Signatures Recipients Secondary Sources additional Poems, Separated Poems, Excluded Texts Word Division Emendation Re-dated Letters Some Early Texts Poems Attributed to Emily Dickinson
Index of Johnson Numbers
Index of First Lines

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