Cover: Emily Dickinson in PAPERBACK

Emily Dickinson

Selected Letters

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$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


  • Publisher’s Note
  • Introduction
  • I. 1842–1846: “…the Hens lay finely…”
  • II. 1847–1848: “I am really at Mt Holyoke…”
  • III. 1849–1850: “Amherst is alive with fun this winter…”
  • IV. 1851–1854: “…we do not have much poetry, father having made up his mind
    that its pretty much all real life.”
  • V. 1855–1857: “To live, and die, and mount again in triumphant body…
    is no schoolboy’s theme!”
  • VI. 1858–1861: “Much has occurred…so much that I stagger as I write,
    in its sharp remembrance.”
  • VII. 1862–1865: “Perhaps you smile at me. I could not stop for that—
    My Business is Circumference.”
  • VIII. 1866–1869: “A Letter always feels to me like immortality because it is
    the mind alone without corporeal friend.”
  • IX. 1870–1874: “I find ecstasy in living the mere sense of living is joy enough.”
  • X. 1875–1879: “Nature is a Haunted House but Art—
    a House that tries to be haunted.”
  • XI. 1880–1883: “I hesitate which word to take, as I can take but few and
    each must be the chiefest…”
  • XII. 1884–1886: “…a Letter is a joy of Earth it is denied the Gods.”
  • Appendix: Biographical Sketches of Recipients of Letters and of Persons Mentioned in Them
  • Index

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