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Leiter's (literature, Univ. of Virginia; Akhamatova's Petersburg) reference work on the much-beloved and much-studied poet Emily Dickinson (1830-86) is part of a 12-title, 14-volume set. It opens with a foreword by poet and Dickinson scholar Gregory Orr and includes an introduction; an approximately 20-page biography of Dickinson; explications of 150 of her best-known poems (e.g., "Because I Could Not Stop for Death"); an A-to-Z dictionary of relevant persons, places, and ideas illustrated with black-and-white photos; a chronology; bibliographies; and a comprehensive index. The biography is detailed enough for a general understanding of its subject but not exhaustive. The poetry explications constitute what will likely be the most used section, with approximately one page dedicated to each poem, plus suggestions for further reading. The hundreds of dictionary entries will be helpful in answering questions about Dickinson's milieu and also serve to round out the biography.