Resources for Readers and Students of Emily Dickinson

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1. Major Editions of Dickinson’s Writings

1890-1900

1890 Poems
Edited by Mabel Loomis Todd and T. W. Higginson.
Published by Roberts Brothers of Boston.

1891 Poems Second Series
Edited by T. W. Higginson and Mabel Loomis Todd.
Published by Roberts Brothers of Boston.

1894 Letters of Emily Dickinson
Edited by Mabel Loomis Todd.
Published by Roberts Brothers of Boston.

1896 Poems Third Series
Edited by Mabel Loomis Todd.
Published by Roberts Brothers of Boston.

1900-1954

1914 The Single Hound: Poems of a Lifetime
Edited by Martha Dickinson Bianchi.
Published by Little, Brown and Company of Boston.

1924 The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson
By Martha Dickinson Bianchi.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston and New York.

1924 The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Edited by Martha Dickinson Bianchi.
Published by Little, Brown and Company of Boston.

1929 Further Poems of Emily Dickinson
Edited by Martha Dickinson Bianchi & Alfred Leete Hampson.
Published by Little, Brown and Company of Boston.

1930 The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Centenary Edition
Edited by Martha Dickinson Bianchi and Alfred Leete Hampson.
Published by Little, Brown and Company of Boston.

1931 Letters of Emily Dickinson New & enlarged edition.
Edited by Mabel Loomis Todd.
Published by Harper & Brothers Publishers of New York.

1934 Poems for Youth
Edited by Alfred Leete Hampson.
Published by Little, Brown and Company of Boston.

1935 Unpublished Poems of Emily Dickinson
Edited by Martha Dickinson Bianchi & Alfred Leete Hampson.
Published by Little, Brown and Company of Boston.

1945 Bolts of Melody: New Poems of Emily Dickinson
Edited by Mabel Loomis Todd & Millicent Todd Bingham.
Published by Harper and Brothers of New York.

1951 Emily Dickinson’s Letters to Dr. and Mrs. Josiah Gilbert Holland
Edited by Theodora van Wagenen Ward.
Published by Harvard University Press.

1955-

1955 The Poems of Emily Dickinson
Edited by Thomas H. Johnson.
Published by The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1958 The Letters of Emily Dickinson
Edited by Thomas H. Johnson with Theodora van Wagenen Ward
Published by The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1961 Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson’s Poems
Edited by Thomas H. Johnson.
Published by Little, Brown and Company of Boston.

1981 The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson
Edited by R.W. Franklin.
Published by The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1998 Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson’s Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson.
Ed. Ellen Louise Hart and Martha Nell Smith.
Published by Paris Press

1998 The Poems of Emily Dickinson
Edited by R.W. Franklin.
Published by The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1999 The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition
Edited by R.W. Franklin.
Published by The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press of Cambridge, Massachusetts

1999 Radical Scatters: Emily Dickinson’s Fragments and Related Texts, 1870-1886.
Ed. Marta Werner.
Published by the University of Michigan Press, 1999

2. Digital and Electronic Research Resources

• Emily Dickinson Archive (edickinson.org) Emily Dickinson Archive (2013) makes high-resolution images of Dickinson’s surviving manuscripts available in open access, and provides readers with a website through which they can view images of manuscripts held in multiple libraries and archives. This first phase of the EDA includes images for the corpus of poems identified in The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Variorum Edition, edited by R. W. Franklin (Cambridge: Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1998).

• Digitized Dickinson Manuscripts This link allows the user to peruse Amherst College’s complete collection (850 items) of Emily Dickinson manuscripts. The College’s Archives and Special Collections department houses about half of Dickinson’s poetry manuscripts.
https://acdc.amherst.edu/

• Dickinson Electronic Archives A website devoted to the study of Emily Dickinson, her writing practices, writings directly influencing her work, and critical and creative writings generated by her work. Includes texts of letters, correspondence of the Dickinson family, and teaching resources. The DEA is produced by the Dickinson Editing Collective, Martha Nell Smith and Lara Vetter, General Editors and Coordinators.

• Emily Dickinson International Society A member society formed in 1988 to promote, perpetuate, and enhance the study and appreciation of Emily Dickinson throughout the world. The society publishes the Emily Dickinson Journal and the Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin and hosts annual meetings and conferences about topics of interest in Dickinson studies.

• Emily Dickinson Online A website with “quick and easy access” to information about the poet, including sections on Fast Facts,” “Bibliography,'” “Links,” and a “Photo Album” of Dickinson-related images.

• Emily Dickinson Lexicon Project The Emily Dickinson Lexicon is an on-line dictionary of all of the words in Emily Dickinson’s collected poems (Johnson 1955 and Franklin 1998 editions), using Dickinson’s own Noah Webster’s 1844 American Dictionary of the English Language as the primary source for definitions.

• Radical Scatters: Emily Dickinson’s Fragments and Related Texts A subscripton may be required to access this material, which is related to the printed text cited above in Printed Materials.

• Emily Dickinson’s Correspondences: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry A searchable archive of seventy-four poems and letters from Emily’s correspondence with Susan Dickinson. Each text is presented with a digitized scan of the holograph manuscript.

• Dickinson Listserv An e-mail subscription list devoted to discussion of the work of Emily Dickinson. It is open to anyone interested in Dickinson’s writing.

• Emily Dickinson Bibliography An extensive bibliography related to Dickinson, created and maintained by Donna Campbell, Washington State University

• Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium (Harvard’s Houghton Library) Full color photographs of each page of Dickinson’s herbarium.

• Dickinson Family Association An organization of and for the descendents of Nathaniel Dickinson, from whom the poet was descended. Nathaniel Dickinson came from England to Connecticut by 1637 and later settled in Hadley, Massachusetts (the town from which Amherst was created in 1759).

• Emily Dickinson’s Monson A guide to Monson, Massachusetts, where Emily Norcross Dickinson, the poet’s mother, was born and raised.

3. Dickinson Printed Texts On-line (see above for information about digitized manuscripts)

• Dickinson in The Norton Anthology of Poetry A guide to Emily Dickinson poems in The Norton Anthology of Poetry (5th edition) and Amherst College manuscript holdings.

• Academy of American Poets The Dickinson page includes a list of poems and links to selected texts.

• Poetry Foundation The Dickinson page includes a list of poems and links to selected texts

• Poems of Emily Dickinson, First, Second, and Third Series (Project Gutenberg) The 1890s editions of Dickinson’s work

• Modern American Poetry: Emily Dickinson Dickinson poems selected from An Online Journal and Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2000)

• Poems of Emily Dickinson Electronic texts of the 1890s editions of Dickinson’s poems, available through Google Books.
o First Series Electronic text of the 1890 edition (11th printing), ed. by Mabel Loomis Todd and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.
o Second Series Electronic text of the 1891 edition (4th printing), ed. by Mabel Loomis Todd and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.
o Third Series Electronic text of the 1896 edition (2nd printing), ed. by Mabel Loomis Todd.

• The Complete Poems Electronic text of the 1924 edition of Dickinson’s poems, selected and with an introduction by her niece Martha Dickinson Bianchi.

4. Publications in Dickinson’s Lifetime (one letter and ten poems)
(Scholars believe that Dickinson did not authorize any of these publications. All poems were published without attribution.)

1850
“Magnum bonum, harem scarum”
A valentine letter published in Amherst College Indicator, February (L34)
1852
“ ‘Sic transit gloria mundi,’ ”
Published in Springfield Daily Republican (February 20)
Titled “A Valentine”
1858
“Nobody knows this little rose – ”
First published Springfield Daily Republican (August 2)
Titled “To Mrs -, with a Rose.”
1861
“I taste a liquor never brewed- ”
First published Springfield Daily Republican (May 4)
Titled “The May-Wine”
1862
“Safe in their Alabaster Chambers – ”
First published in Springfield Daily Republican (March 1)
Titled “The Sleeping”
1864
“Blazing in Gold, and quenching in Purple”
First published in Drum Beat, Brooklyn, NY (February 29)
Titled “Sunset”
“Flowers-Well- if anybody”
First published in Drum Beat, Brooklyn, NY (March 2)
Titled “Flowers”
“These are the days when Birds come back- ”
First published in Drum Beat, Brooklyn, NY (March 11)
Titled “October”
“Some keep the Sabbath going to Church- ”
First published in Round Table, New York (March 12)
Titled “My Sabbath”
“Success is counted sweetest”
First published in Brooklyn Daily Union (April 27, untitled)

1866
“A narrow Fellow in the Grass”
First published in Springfield Daily Republican (February 14)
Titled “The Snake”
1878
“Success is counted sweetest” (only known publication in a book)
Published in A Masque of Poets (Boston: Roberts Bros.)

5. Biographies and Related Historical Works

• Benfey, Christopher. A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, & Martin Johnson Heade. New York: The Penguin Press, 2008.
• Bianchi, Martha Dickinson. Emily Dickinson Face to Face: Unpublished Letters with Notes and Reminiscences. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1932.
• Bingham, Millicent Todd. Emily Dickinson’s Home: Letters of Edward Dickinson and His Family. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1955.
• Habegger, Alfred. My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson. New York: Random House, 2001.
• Kirk, Connie Ann. Emily Dickinson: A Biography. Greenwood Press, 2001.
• Longsworth, Polly. The World of Emily Dickinson. New York: W.W. Norton, 1990.
• Lundin, Roger. Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdsmans Publishing Company, 1998.
• Sewall, Richard B. The Life of Emily Dickinson. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1974.
• Whicher, George Frisbie. This Was a Poet: A Critical Biography of Emily Dickinson. 1938. Reprinted with an introduction by Richard Sewall by Amherst College Press, 1992.
• Wineapple, Brenda. White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
• Wolff, Cynthia G. Emily Dickinson. New York: Knopf, 1986.

6. Reference Works and Essay Collections
• The Cambridge Companion to Emily Dickinson. Ed. by Wendy Martin. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
• A Companion to Emily Dickinson. Ed. Martha Nell Smith and Mary Loeffelholz. Blackwell Publishing, 2008.
• A Concordance to the Poems of Emily Dickinson. Ed. S. P. Rosenbaum. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1964.
• A Concordance to the Letters of Emily Dickinson. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2000.
• An Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia. Ed. Jane Donahue Eberwein. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998.
• The Emily Dickinson Handbook. Ed. Gudrum Grabher, Roland Hagenbuchle, and Cristanne Miller. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998.
• A Historical Guide to Emily Dickinson. Ed. by Vivian R. Pollak. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2004.
• Reading Emily Dickinson’s Letters: Critical Essays. Ed. Jane Donahue Eberwein and Cindy MacKenzie. Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009.
• Vendler, Helen. Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.
• Years and Hours of Emily Dickinson. Ed. Jay Leyda. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1960; reprinted by Archon Books, 1970. Two volumes.

7. Selected works related to the Homestead and The Evergreens
• Bingham, Millicent Todd. Ancestor’s Brocades. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945. Dover Paperback publication, 1967.
• Capps, Jack. Emily Dickinson’s Reading 1836-1886. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1966.
• Emily Dickinson: Profile of the Poet as Cook with Selected Recipes. Ed. Jean Mudge et al. Amherst, Mass., 1976.
• Farr, Judith. The Gardens of Emily Dickinson. Cambridge: The Belknap Press at Harvard University Press, 2004.
• Liebling, Jerome. The Dickinsons of Amherst. University of New England Press, 2001.
• Longsworth, Polly. Austin and Mabel: The Amherst Affair: Love Letters of Austin Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd. New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1984.
• McDowell, Marta. Emily Dickinson’s Gardens: A Celebration of a Poet and a Gardener. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.

Bibliographies are modified versions of material available at the Emily Dickinson Museum