CAREER, LIFE, AND INFLUENCE: On Emily Dickinson / J. Brooks Bouson -- Biography of Emily Dickinson / Gerhard Brand -- The Paris review perspective / Jascha Hoffman for The Paris review ; CRITICAL CONTEXT: Emily Dickinson and her culture / Elizabeth Petrino -- Major trends in Dickinson criticism / Fred D. White -- Dwelling in possibility: an introduction to Dickinson's poetics / Margaret H. Freeman -- The conscious corpse in Browning, Housman, and Dickinson / Matthew J. Bolton ; CRITICAL THINKING: Dickinson's local, global, and cosmic perspectives / Jane Donahue Eberwein -- Emily Dickinson thinking / Helen Vendler -- Trying to think with Emily Dickinson / Jed Deppman -- The ample word: immanence and authority in Dickinson's poetry / Joanne Feit Diehl -- The irresistible lure of repetition and Dickinson's poetics of analogy / Suzanne Juhasz -- Emily Dickinson: reclusion against itself / Shira Wolosky -- The back story: the Christian narrative and modernism in Emily Dickinson's poems / Nancy Mayer -- Dickinson's death-haunted earthly paradise / Patrick J. Keane -- "Often seen -- but seldom felt": Emily Dickinson's reluctant ecology of place / Christine Gerhardt -- Addresses to a divided nation: images of war in Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman / Faith Barrett -- "The inner brand": Emily Dickinson, portraiture, and the narrative of liberal interiority / Sarah E. Blackwood ; RESOURCES: Chronology of Emily Dickinson's Life / Works by Emily Dickinson / Biography / About the Editor / About "The Paris Review" / Contributors / Acknowledgments / Index.
A collection of essays offers a diverse selection of criticism of Emily Dickinson.
Emily Dickinson's poetry, letters, and life have astounded readers and scholars alike for more than one hundred years. Though she rarely left her hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts, and in her later years never ventured beyond the fence encircling her family's home, Dickinson nevertheless wrote some of the world's most original, enigmatic, and expansive poems. And though she was certainly aware of her talent, she largely shunned publication, famously deriding it as 'the Auction/ Of the Mind of Man -,' and thus upon her death left it to her family to decide what to do with the nearly 1,800 poems she had hoarded in a locked dresser drawer. By turns strangely intimate, witty, sardonic, ebullient, and frighteningly sublime, the poems have since fascinated generations of readers and generated endless speculation about the poet's mind and life.