Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson's Poems

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Emily Dickinson's Open Folios is a scholarly edition and aesthetic exploration of a group of forty late drafts and fragments hitherto known as the "Lord letters." The drafts are presented in facsimile form alongside typed transcriptions that reproduce as fully as possible the shock of script and startling array of visual details inscribed on the surfaces of the manuscripts. Marta L. Werner argues that a redefinition of the editorial enterprise is needed to approach the revelations of these writings - the details ...
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Overview

Emily Dickinson's Open Folios is a scholarly edition and aesthetic exploration of a group of forty late drafts and fragments hitherto known as the "Lord letters." The drafts are presented in facsimile form alongside typed transcriptions that reproduce as fully as possible the shock of script and startling array of visual details inscribed on the surfaces of the manuscripts. Marta L. Werner argues that a redefinition of the editorial enterprise is needed to approach the revelations of these writings - the details that have been all but erased by editorial interventions and print conventions in the twentieth century. Paradoxically, "un-editing" them allows a better understanding of the relationship between medium and messages. Werner's commentary forsakes the claims to comprehensiveness generally associated with scholarly narrative in favor of a series of speculative and fragmentary "close-ups" - a portrait in pieces. Finally, she proposes the acts of both reading and writing as visual poems. A crucial reference for Dickinson scholars, this book is also of primary importance to textual scholars, editorial theorists, and students of gender and cultural studies interested in the production, dissemination, and interpretation of works by women writers.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316184434
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 8/24/1997
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction. "Called Back": Scenes of Reading and Writing 1
Ch. 1 Flyleaves: Toward a Poetics of Reading Emily Dickinson's Late Writings 11
Ch. 2 Lost Events: Toward a Poetics of Editing Emily Dickinson's Late Writings 41
Ch. 3 Open Folios: An Experimental Edition of Forty of Emily Dickinson's Drafts and Fragments 55
Appendix 1. The Bingham, Leyda, and Johnson Collections 273
Appendix 2. Sequences and Dates 278
Appendix 3. History of Manuscript Ownership 281
Appendix 4. Mutilated Manuscripts and Missing Leaves 284
Appendix 5. The Johnson Reconstructions 286
Appendix 6. Transcripts 289
Appendix 7. Excluded Manuscripts 290
Appendix 8. Paper Types 291
Notes 293
Bibliography 303
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