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Top Books: Emily Dickinson Poems and Letters

Selected Collections of Emily Dickinson's Writings


Emily Dickinson, a creative poet of the 19th century, was known only by a small circle during her lifetime. It wasn't until after her death that most of her poems were published. Her life and work still fascinate readers and are studied widely. Selected collections of her poems are listed here alphabetically by title.

1. Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
by Emily Dickinson, Thomas H. Johnson (editor). Johnson's "un-editing" process sought to reclaim the authentic voice of Dickinson's work, though it is not without its critics. 1978. Hardcover and paperback.
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2. Dickinson: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

Dickinson: Poems
by Emily Dickinson. A reliable and economical standard collection of Dickinson poems. Paperback.
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3. Emily Dickinson: Selected Letters

by Emily Dickinson, Thomas Johnson (editor). A definitive collection of Dickinson letters, shedding light on her life and poetry. Hardcover.
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4. The Essential Dickinson (Essential Poets Series)

by Emily Dickinson, Joyce Carol Oates (editor). Oates, in her own right an accomplished author, selects Dickinson poems in this volume. Hardcover or paperback.
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5. Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickin

by Emily Dickinson, Ellen Louise Hart (editor), Martha N. Smith (editor). Was the passionate relationship between Emily and her friend and sister-in-law, Susan, an especially close friendship, or something more intimate? This book lets the letters speak for themselves. The author/editor includes excellent introductory material, too. Hardcover or paperback.
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6. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Variorum Edition

by Emily Dickinson, R. W. Franklin (editor). For the real Dickinson afficionado. Excellent quality edition. 3 volumes with slipcover. Hardcover.
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7. New Poems of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson, William Shurr (editor). An attempt to capture many more Dickinson poems from fragments within her letters and prose. A few gems. Hardcover and paperback.
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