Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was an American writer, who lived during the time of the Civil War and Walt Whitman. She was a poet and a recluse, so she was not well-known during her lifetime. In her upstairs room, she created some of the most memorable poetry of her age. These books discuss her life, her loves, and her relationship with words.
by Cynthia Griffin Wolff. Perseus Publishing. Wolff explores the interwoven reality of her poetry and her life. She explores Dickinson's childhood, her relationship with other family members and with friends... She quotes MacLeigh, who says that nobody can read Dickinson's work "without perceiving that he is not so much reading as being spoken to."
by Judith Farr (Editor). Prentice Hall's collection of essays provides an introduction to the life and works of Emily Dickinson, with a chronology of important dates and a selected bibliography.
by Alfred Habegger. Random House. This biography presents previously information from previously unpublished letters, and other material from Dickinson's time to present another look at her life and love. This work explores her development as a woman poet.
by Emily Dickinson, Thomas Johnson (Editor). Belknap Press. This book presents some of Emily Dickinson's letters. Unfortunately, it is only a small portion of the thousands of letters that she wrote to family members, friends, and acquaintances. Besides being a well-known Dickinson scholar, Thomas Johnson is known for his edition of Emily Dickinson's poetry, which contains all 1,775 of her poems.
5. Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntingby Emily Dickinson, Ellen Louise Hart (Editor), Martha Nell Smith (Editor). Paris Press. For many years, there has been a great deal of debate regarding the relationship between Emily Dickinson and Susan Huntington Dickinson (her friend and sister-in-law). She wrote more letters to Susan than to anyone else. And, she wrote with a great deal of passion.
by Gudrun Grabher (Editor), Roland Hagenbuchle (Editor), Cristanne Miller (Editor). University of Massachusetts Press. Find information about the latest research on Emily Dickinson, with 22 contributing essays from around the world.
by Roger Lundin. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Critics have debated the nature of Emily Dickinson's faith. In this biography, Lundin depicts Dickinson as "one of the major religious literary thinkers of her age."
by Richard Benson Sewall. Harvard University Press. This book was the winner of the National Book Award. Sewall depicts Emily Dickinson, from her birth through her poetry and the events of life.
by Polly Longsworth. W.W. Norton. The author has collected more than 275 photographs, engravings, maps, and illustrations. Longsworth introduces the collection with a biographical piece, showing Emily Dickinson to be an intelligent woman.
10. Emily Dickinson's Gothic: Goblin With a Gaugeby Daneen Wardrop. University of Iowa Press. Emily Dickinson is now commonly considered one of the great writers of the nineteenth century. In this book, Daneen Wardrop discusses the Gothic nature of her work. Chapters include: "The Haunted House," "The Wedding," "The Terms of Rape," "Seeing Double," "Seeing Nothing," and "Language and the Reader."