The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Volume 1

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Harvard University Press, 1998 - American poetry - 1654 pages
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In 1955, the first important attempt was made to collect and publish Dickinson's work, edited by Thomas Johnson for the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. After many years of preparation by Ralph Franklin, the foremost scholar of Dickinson's manuscripts, a new comprehensive edition is available. This three-volume work contains the largest number of her poems ever assembled, arranged chronologically and drawn from a range of archives. The text of each manuscript is rendered individually, including, within the capacity of standard type, Dickinson's spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
 

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Contents

VOLUME
1
Toems 1526 49
1118
VOLUME III
1302
Poems Published in Emily Dickinsons Lifetime
1531
Distribution by Year
1533
Later Manuscripts
1535
Transcription
1538
The Manuscript Books
1542
Additional Poems Separated Poems Excluded Texts
1560
Word Division
1562
Emendation
1568
Redated Letters
1575
Some Early Texts
1577
Poems Attributed to Emily Dickinson
1582
Bibliography
1587
Acknowledgments
1593

Titles Characterizations Signatures
1545
Recipients
1547
Secondary Sources
1558

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About the author (1998)

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.

R. W. Franklin was Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. He is the recipient of the Emily Dickinson International Society's Award for Outstanding Contribution.

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