The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
  • The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
  • The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
  • The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
  • The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
  • The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
  • The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
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The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems

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by Emily Dickinson
     
 

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The Gorgeous Nothings is a pivotal book: the first full-color publication of Emily Dickinson’s complete envelope writings in facsimile from her visually stunning manuscripts, here in a deluxe, large-scale editionThe Gorgeous Nothings — the first full-color facsimile edition of Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts ever to appear — is a deluxe

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The Gorgeous Nothings is a pivotal book: the first full-color publication of Emily Dickinson’s complete envelope writings in facsimile from her visually stunning manuscripts, here in a deluxe, large-scale editionThe Gorgeous Nothings — the first full-color facsimile edition of Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts ever to appear — is a deluxe edition of her late writings, presenting this crucially important, experimental late work exactly as she wrote it on scraps of envelopes. A never-before-possible glimpse into the process of one of our most important poets.The book presents all the envelope writings — 52 — reproduced life-size in full color both front and back, with an accompanying transcription to aid in the reading, allowing us to enjoy this little-known but important body of Dickinson’s writing. Envisioned by the artist Jen Bervin and made possible by the extensive research of the Dickinson scholar Marta L. Werner, this book offers a new understanding and appreciation of the genius of Emily Dickinson.

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Howe
“The Gorgeous Nothings claims our attention with a new Emily Dickinson. This edition itself is a work of art.”
Bookforum
“The Gorgeous Nothings works as both an engrossing visual treat and an affecting work of literature, giving us a keen and tangible sense of not only Dickinson's writing, but of how she wrote.”
Ben Lerner - The New Yorker
“This exquisitely produced book - lovingly curated by Bervin and Werner - allows you to encounter Emily Dickinson's "envelope poems" in full-color facsimile for the first time. It's an experience suspended between reading and looking, of toggling between those two modes of perception, and it thoroughly refreshes both.”
Kate Middleton - The Australian
“This book is a testament to the lasting power of Dickinson's work and a new insight into the way her work arose. It's suitably gorgeous production and lyrical accompanying essays make it a treat for the eye and the mind.”
Craig Morgan Teicher - NPR
“This book is a rare gift for all poetry lovers.”
Library Journal
12/01/2013
This exquisite reproduction of a collection of envelopes that Dickinson (1830–86) covered with scraps of poems and delightfully enigmatic phrases has not only literary value but also stunning pictorial presence. In a title originally published as an artist book by Steve Clay of Granary Books, editors Werner (The Dickinson Composites) and Bervin (Emily Dickinson's Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing) introduce (on facing pages) scanned images and visual transcriptions of envelopes that Dickinson used to draft poems or to jot down some idiosyncratic phrase that may have haunted her thoughts. Each page presents a single envelope or (in some cases) a scrap of an envelope covered with the poet's sometimes gnomic script against a stark white background. On the facing page is an outline of the same piece of envelope and within it are transcribed the words penciled on the surface. Approximately 180 pages of these images and their transcriptions, along with an introduction by Bervin and a closing essay by Werner, fill this oversize volume. Also included are indexes by page shape (i.e., flaps, seals, arrows, pointless arrows), address, multidirectional text, and cancelled or erased text, among others. VERDICT Though this book will be of limited value in a public or school library, it is a scholarly and artistic gold mine for researchers and those obsessed with Dickinsonian minutiae. The scanned envelopes are also available online at the Emily Dickinson Archive.—Herman Sutter, St. Agnes Acad., Houston

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811221757
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Edition description:
Facsimile
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
136,902
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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