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Danny Karlin: Emily Dickinson

24 August 2000
The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Variorum Edition 
edited by R.W. Franklin.
Harvard, 1654 pp., £83.50, October 1998, 9780674676220
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The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition 
edited by R.W. Franklin.
Harvard, 692 pp., £19.95, September 1999, 0 674 67624 6
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Emily Dickinson: Monarch of Perception 
by Domhnall Mitchell.
Massachusetts, 352 pp., £31.95, March 2000, 1 55849 226 7
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... of the dominant ideology. There is no rational counter to such an argument, since questioning it proves your bad faith. I think that this explains the circumspection and placatory tone with which DomhnallMitchell treats these issues in his book. In fact his work is far more radical and subversive than he lets on. He demolishes the foundations of the feminist-materialist view of Dickinson’s texts ...

Emily v. Mabel

Susan Eilenberg: Emily Dickinson

30 June 2011
Lives like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds 
by Lyndall Gordon.
Virago, 491 pp., £9.99, April 2011, 978 1 84408 453 1
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Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries 
by Helen Vendler.
Harvard, 535 pp., £25.95, September 2010, 978 0 674 04867 6
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... anything other than the disavowed imagination of that most extreme form of privacy, the posthumous state. ‘Viewers of Dickinson’s manuscripts occupy an ambivalent [sic] or uncertain position,’ DomhnallMitchell writes in his 2005 study of them. ‘We are at once privileged witnesses and uninvited guests.’ That we can now read nearly 1800 of Dickinson’s poems and many of her letters is due – ...

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