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Recommended reading for Emily Dickinson

Whicher, George Frisbie. This Was a Poet: A Critical Biography of Emily Dickinson. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1938. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

An early biography before much was known about the poet that is still good as a general introduction.

Leyda, Jay. The Years and Hours of Emily Dickinson. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1960. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

A meticulous record of factual materials drawn from correspondence, newspapers, etc. and arranged chronologically. An invaluable resource for biographers, scholars, and general readers interested in learning about the poet in the context of her times, the original manuscript (according to a personal memory of Richard Sewall) was much longer and had to be cut down for publication.

Sewall, Richard B. The Life of Emily Dickinson. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1974. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

An extensive biography that provides familial, social, and intellectual contexts surrounding Dickinson’s private life.

Habegger, Alfred. My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson. New York: Random House, 2001. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

A comprehensive coverage of all the facts that have come to light about details of Dickinson’s life since her increasing reputation as a major American poet.

Kirk, Connie Ann. Emily Dickinson: A Biography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

A biography designed for young readers, it is also useful for undergraduate studies.

Buckingham, Willis J., ed. Emily Dickinson’s Reception in the 1890s: A Documentary History. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

A record of early reviews and notices in England and America on the publication of the first volumes of Dickinson’s poetry.

Duchac, Joseph. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: An Annotated Guide to Commentary Published in English, 1890-1977. New York: G. K. Hall, 1979. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

A helpful compilation of excerpts from critical studies referring to individual poems.

Liebling, Jerome, Christopher Benfy, Christopher Benfy, and Barton Levi St. Armand. The Dickinsons of Amherst. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2001. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

Photographs of artefacts from the Homestead and Evergreens with accompanying essays.

MacKenzie, Cynthia. Concordance to the Letters of Emily Dickinson. Boulder, CO: Colorado University Press, 2000. Print.

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Together with the poetry concordance, this provides a reference to every word Dickinson wrote (excluding certain commonly used function words), especially valuable for literary linguists and word mavens.

Rosenbaum, S. P., ed. A Concordance to the Poems of Emily Dickinson. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1964. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

An invaluable resource for serious students of the poetry, based on the Johnson edition of poems.

Bianchi, Martha Dickinson. The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1924. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

Written by the poet’s niece, this biography reflects firsthand experiences of her aunt and served as the basis for many facts and myths surrounding the poet in later studies.

Sewall, Richard B. The Life of Emily Dickinson. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1974. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

An extensive biography that provides familial, social, and intellectual contexts surrounding Dickinson’s private life.

Habegger, Alfred. My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson. New York: Random House, 2001. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

A comprehensive coverage of all the facts that have come to light about details of Dickinson’s life since her increasing reputation as a major American poet.

Buckingham, Willis J., ed. Emily Dickinson’s Reception in the 1890s: A Documentary History. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

A record of early reviews and notices in England and America on the publication of the first volumes of Dickinson’s poetry.

Bianchi, Martha Dickinson. The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1924. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

Written by the poet’s niece, this biography reflects firsthand experiences of her aunt and served as the basis for many facts and myths surrounding the poet in later studies.

Sewall, Richard B. The Life of Emily Dickinson. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1974. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

An extensive biography that provides familial, social, and intellectual contexts surrounding Dickinson’s private life.

Habegger, Alfred. My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson. New York: Random House, 2001. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

A comprehensive coverage of all the facts that have come to light about details of Dickinson’s life since her increasing reputation as a major American poet.

Buckingham, Willis J., ed. Emily Dickinson’s Reception in the 1890s: A Documentary History. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

A record of early reviews and notices in England and America on the publication of the first volumes of Dickinson’s poetry.

Eberwein, Jane Donahue, ed. An Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998. Print.

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Grabher, Gudrun, Roland Hagenbüchle, and Cristanne Miller, eds. The Emily Dickinson Handbook. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998. Print.

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Mitchell, Domhnall, and Maria Stuart, eds. The International Reception of Emily Dickinson. New York: Continuum, 2009. Print.

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Blake, Caesar R., and Carlton F. Wells, eds. The Recognition of Emily Dickinson: Selected Criticism since 1890. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1964. Print.

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Bloom, Harold, ed. Emily Dickinson: Modern Critical Views. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1985. Print.

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Cady, Edwin H., and Louis J. Budd, eds. On Dickinson: The Best from American Literature. Durham, NC, and London: Duke University Press, 1990. Print.

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Farr, Judith, ed. Emily Dickinson: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1996. Print.

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Martin, Wendy, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Emily Dickinson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Print.

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Pollack, Vivian R., ed. A Historical Guide to Emily Dickinson. Rochester and London: Oxford University Press, 2004. Print.

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Cameron, Sharon. Choosing Not Choosing: Dickinson’s Fascicles. Chicago, IL, and London: University of Chicago Press, 1992. Print.

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Crumbley, Paul. Inflections of the Pen: Dash and Voice in Emily Dickinson. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1997. Print.

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Dobson, Joanne. Dickinson and the Strategies of Reticence: The Woman Writer in Nineteenth-Century America. Indiana: Indiana State University Press, 1989. Print.

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Eberwein, Jane Donahue. Dickinson: Strategies of Limitation. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1985. Print.

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Heginbotham, Eleanor Elson. Reading the Fascicles of Emily Dickinson: Dwelling in Possibilities. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2003. Print.

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Juhasz, Suzanne, Cristanne Miller, and Martha Nell Smith. Comic Power in Emily Dickinson. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1993. Print.

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Miller, Cristanne. Emily Dickinson: A Poet’s Grammar. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987. Print.

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Patterson, Rebecca. Emily Dickinson’s Imagery. Ed. Margaret H. Freeman. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1979. Print.

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Porter, David. Dickinson: The Modern Idiom. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981. Print.

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St. Armand, Barton Levi. Emily Dickinson And Her Culture: The Soul’s Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984. Print.

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Smith, Martha Nell. Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1992. Print.

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Small, Judy Jo. Positive As Sound: Emily Dickinson’s Rhyme. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1994. Print.

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Stonum, Gary Lee. The Dickinson Sublime. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1990. Print.

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Weisbuch, Robert. Emily Dickinson’s Poetry. Chicago, IL, and London: University of Chicago Press, 1975. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

Bianchi, Martha Dickinson. The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1924. Print.

Recommended by Margaret Freeman

Written by the poet’s niece, this biography reflects firsthand experiences of her aunt and served as the basis for many facts and myths surrounding the poet in later studies.

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