Emily Dickinson lived as a recluse in Amherst, Massachusetts, dedicating herself to writing a "letter to the world"--the 1,775 poems left unpublished at her death in 1886. Today, Dickinson stands in the front rank of American poets. This enthralling collection includes more than four hundred poems that were published between Dickinson's death and 1900. They express her concepts of life and death, of love and nature, and of what Henry James called "the landscape of the soul." And as Billy Collins suggests in his Introduction, "In the age of the workshop, the reading, the poetry conference and festival, Dickinson reminds us of the deeply private nature of literary art."
Companion in the morning dark
At dawn I would awake my 17 yr. old daughter, sitting on the bed I’d read a Dickinson poem to us. I eulogized my uncle in part with a recitation of “Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me”. A book to accompany soulful life.
Not Authentic Dickinson
This edition removes all of Dickinson’s idiosyncratic dashes and capitalizations, regularizing and taming them in ways that scholars have universally and rightly rejected. Ironically, Billy Collins’ introduction makes reference to these features, features that are scrubbed out of the edition. Wish I could get a refund.