Cover: Emily Dickinson in PAPERBACK

Emily Dickinson

Selected Letters

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PAPERBACK

$36.50 • £29.95 • €33.00

ISBN 9780674250703

Publication Date: 03/15/1986

Academic Trade

384 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Belknap Press

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[These letters] present us with as inward a view of one of God’s rarer creatures as we are likely to be given… The letters themselves are as no others. The briefest line can be a mystery (and, when fathomed, a communion), the formal note a sign… If [these letters] are put alongside those of…Coleridge and Keats, they will present the most striking contrast in a poet’s reactions and sensibilities. But they will stand there unashamed.The Times

She was no solemn bookworm destined to grow into a crabbed recluse, but a lively original creature, fully participating in the joys and despairs of a busy circle of friends and relatives… Here was a woman capable of the most intense emotion who was forced, or forced herself, to crystallize her feelings into words and phrases. The letters and poems are all of a piece. The letters, in fact, read sometimes like the raw materials of the poems.Listener

Emily Dickinson’s letters are among the major treasures of American literature… [In] this one-volume selection…virtually everything of interest to the general reader or nonspecialist has been retained.Library Journal

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