Emily Dickinson's Poems, As She Retained Them--A New Reading Edition


ACLS Fellowship Program




Since the first edition of Dickinson’s Poems was published in 1890, no editor has distinguished the poems Dickinson did or did not finish and retain, and there is no annotated reading edition; current reading editions mix Dickinson’s fair copy poems, drafts, and poems she did not save without distinction. This new reading edition of the complete poems presents (and annotates) Dickinson’s poems in the order of her manuscript booklets as she copied them, including all variant words and phrases, distinguishing retained fair copies from drafts and poems not retained. The project includes in its annotations historical and cultural information, allusions to the Bible, and her favorite authors.