Poems

DICKINSON Emily (1891.)

£1500.00 

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FIRST UK EDITON

First UK edition. Small 8vo., original pale yellow cloth, lettering in gilt on spine and upper cover, t.e.g. London, James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co. 

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was an obsessively private writer, living a secluded life in the house she was born in. Only seven of her some 1800 poems were published during her lifetime. After Dickinson's death in 1886, her sister Lavinia found her poems and with the help of Mabel Todd and Higginson, published them. Three volumes of poems appeared between 1890 to 1896. Despite its editorial imperfections, the first volume became popular. In the early decades of the twentieth century, Martha Dickinson Bianchi, the poet's niece, transcribed and published more poems, and in 1945 Bolts Of Melody essentially completed the task of bringing Dickinson's poems to the public. But it was not until 1955 that Thomas Johnson rediscovered the original poems and published the first complete collection of Emily Dickinson's poetry in her original style, which led to a massive interest in the poet and her achieving great critical acclaim.

A few small stains on covers, spine a little darkened, small bookseller's label pasted on the front endpaper.

Stock Code: 227110

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