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  • The Letters of Emily Dickinson
  • Emily Dickinson’s Poems
  • The Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • The Poems of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson died without fame; only a few of her poems were published in her lifetime. Her legacy was later rescued from her desk—an astonishing body of work that offers readers everywhere a feast of poems and letters and a window into this great American poet’s soaring and capacious mind.

Author - Editorial Staff

Date - 19 November 2023

Time to read - 1 min

Emily Dickinson Daguerreotype Restored
Daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson, 1847. Courtesy of Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.

In 1950, Harvard’s Houghton Library received its world-renowned Emily Dickinson Collection as a gift from the poet’s heirs, together with publication rights. Literary historian Thomas H. Johnson was chosen as editor, and in 1955, a three-volume Poems of Emily Dickinson was published by Harvard University Press. This landmark edition presented, for the first time, transcriptions of all of Dickinson’s known poems.

In 1998, R. W. Franklin, a distinguished scholar of Dickinson's manuscripts, and the Press published a new edition containing 1,789 of Dickinson’s poems, the largest number ever assembled, arranged chronologically based on new dating analysis.

In 2016, the world’s foremost Dickinson scholar, Cristanne Miller, gathered together the 1,100 poems Dickinson took pains to copy carefully onto folded sheets and bound with string into booklets (fascicles) in Emily Dickinson’s Poems: As She Preserved Them.

And now, in 2024, Cristanne Miller and Domhnall Mitchell collected the poet’s correspondence—all 1,304 of her extant letters and the small number available from her correspondents—in The Letters of Emily Dickinson.

  • The Letters of Emily Dickinson

    The Letters of Emily Dickinson

    Emily Dickinson, Cristanne Miller, Domhnall Mitchell

    "Miller and Mitchell present a masterfully curated abundance. To read it is to encounter a mind on fire." —Rae Armantrout, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

    The definitive edition of Emily Dickinson’s correspondence, expanded and revised for the first time in over sixty years.

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  • Emily Dickinson’s Poems

    Emily Dickinson’s Poems

    As She Preserved Them

    Emily Dickinson, Cristanne Miller

    ”This book brings us as close as we can get to how [Dickinson] presented her work.” —Literary Review

    Widely considered the definitive edition of Emily Dickinson’s poems, this landmark collection presents her poems here for the first time “as she preserved them,” and in the order in which she wished them to appear.

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  • The Poems of Emily Dickinson

    The Poems of Emily Dickinson

    Reading Edition

    Emily Dickinson, R. W. Franklin

    “This is now the definitive text of Dickinson, a poet one can open at random and find something exhilarating.” —The Guardian

    From Ralph Franklin, the foremost scholar of Dickinson's manuscripts, an authoritative one-volume edition of all extant poems by Emily Dickinson—1,789 poems, the largest number ever assembled.

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  • The Poems of Emily Dickinson

    The Poems of Emily Dickinson

    Variorum Edition

    Emily Dickinson, R. W. Franklin

    “The poems of Emily Dickinson speak to an amazingly wide range of readers…The first substantive scholarly collection of her work was Thomas H. Johnson’s edition in 1955…This new edition contains even more poems, but it also gives alternative versions of the poems, which Dickinson left in her manuscripts. Serious scholars, students, and teachers will welcome this landmark edition. But it might also be the perfect…gift for any reader who loves and wants to continue exploring the endless marvels of her poetic creations.” —Merle Rubin, Christian Science Monitor

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