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Master Letters of Emily Dickinson

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Written between 1858 and 1861, these three letters were addressed by Emily Dickinson to a man she called "Master". Although there is no evidence that they were ever mailed, the letters suggest an extended relationship, separated by geography, and the possibility of a much larger correspondence, as yet undiscovered.According to R. W. Franklin, the three letters stand near t ...more
Paperback, 63 pages
Published July 31st 1998 by University of Massachusetts Press
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Carolyn Hembree
"Have you the little chest--to put the alive--in?" Yikes, it doesn't get much sexier, seriously, than Dickinson's Master letters. Recently, I read one reflection that complained of Dickinson's submissive tone in these. Yes and no. In all three letters there's the game of it: submission and dominance. Oh, sure she asks, "What would you do with me if I came 'in white'?" But then the final letter ("If you saw a bullet hit a bird") says, "I didn't think to tell you, you didn't come to me 'in white'- ...more
I know this was a series of letters but I think it should count as poetry. The writing is gorgeous and the way they typed up the letters line by line made it look like a poem on the page.

The only problem I had with the book was the way the lines were typed up. They wrote out all the words, whether they were crossed out and replaced with other words. I understand why they did this but because I am not used to the notation, I felt like I had to decode what I was reading. Her handwriting was terrib

A slim little volume, so nicely done.
There are the 3 letters included with it, and also a facsimile of the letters is on the opposite page from the typed letter.

The letters written to the "Master" are presented with a facsimile on one page, and the type written version on the facing page.
A must have piece of literary history for those of us who love Dickinson's poetry, and the fascinating history surrounding it.
A beautiful edition of the curious manuscripts known as the "Master letters," which may be drafts of actual letters (as most people think), but might be experiments in prose (as the great poet and scholar Susan Howe suggests in My Emily Dickinson. This edition presents the text in holograph and print, but includes facsimiles folded in an envelope.
Kasey Jueds
How could anyone give this any less than 5 stars? Though I guess some people have. And stars seem not quite right, anyway, as a rating system. Maybe galaxies?
Another way to gain insight into the amazing and mysterious Emily. Read this as part of a class on Dickinson, otherwise probably wouldn't have known about it. If you are an Emily fan, read this.
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Emily Dickinson was an American poet who, despite the fact that less than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime, is widely considered one of the most original and influential poets of the 19th century.

Dickinson was born to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she studied at the Amherst Aca
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“If you saw a bullet
hit a Bird - and he told you
he wasn't shot - you might weep
at his courtesy, but you would
certainly doubt his word -
One drop more from the gash
that stains your Daisy's
bosom - then would you believe?”
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