Letters of Emily Dickinson

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Only five of Emily Dickinson's poems were published while she lived; today, approximately 1,500 are in print. Dickinson's poetry reflects the power of her contemplative gifts, and her deep sensitivity courses through her correspondence as well. Lovingly compiled by a close friend, this first collection of Dickinson's letters originally appeared in 1894, only eight years after the poet's death. Although she grew reclusive in her later years and seldom saw her many friends, she thought of them often and affectionately, as her missives attest. The small cast of daily characters in Dickinson's little world takes on vivid life in the letters, and her famous wit sparkles from every page.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674526273
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 1028
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Notes on the Present Text
    • Symbols Used to Identify Manuscripts
    • Symbols Used to Identify Publication

  • Letters
    • 1. “…the Hens lay finely…”: Letters 1–14 [1842–1846]
    • 2. “I am really at Mt Holyoke…”: Letters 15–26 [1847–1848]
    • 3. “Amherst is alive with fun this winter”: Letters 27–39 [1849–1850]
    • 4. “…we do not have much poetry, father having made up his mind that its pretty much all real life.”: Letters 40–176 [1851–1854]
    • 5. “To live, and die, and mount again in triumphant body… is no schoolboy’s theme!”: Letters 177–186 [1855–1857]
    • 6. “Much has occurred…so much that I stagger as I write, in its sharp remembrance.”: Letters 187–245 [1858–1861]
    • 7. “Perhaps you smile at me. I could not stop for that My Business is Circumference.”: Letters 246–313 [1862–1861]
    • 8. “A Letter always feels to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without corporeal friend.”: Letters 314–337 [1866–1869]
    • 9. “I find ecstasy in living—the mere sense of living is joy enough.”: Letters 338–431 [1870–1874]
    • 10. “Nature is a Haunted House—but Art—a House that tries to be haunted.”: Letters 432–626 [1875–1879]
    • 11. “I hesitate which word to take, as I can take but few and each must be the chiefest…”: Letters 627–878 [1880–1883]
    • 12. “…a Letter is a joy of Earth—it is denied the Gods.”: Letters 879–1045 [1884–1886]

  • Prose Fragments
  • Appendixes
    • 1. Biographical Sketches of Recipients of Letters and of Persons Mentioned in Them
    • 2. A Note on the Domestic Help
    • 3. Recipients of Letters

  • Index
  • Index of Poems

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2010

    A Must read for true fans of Emily

    As is common with Google Books, there are some "funky" artifacts from the scanning and Optical Character Recognition process. These were relatively few, and did not distract from the reading. The book itself is lightly edited, and contains more lengthy glimpses into the mind of Emily than you get from just reading her poems. A must read for true fans of Emily.

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