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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 variants and the solution of cruxes – the normal business of textual criticism. Ralph Franklin gives the Johnson Dickinson a comprehensive overhaul. It is still recognisably the same model, in three volumes in a handsome slipcase, with similar typeface and layout (though Franklin naughtily and against the spirit ...


R.W. Johnson: Roosevelt’s Secret War: FDR and World War Two Espionage by Joseph Persico., 4 April 2002

Roosevelt’s Secret War: FDR and World War Two Espionage 
by Joseph Persico.
Random House, 656 pp., £24.50, October 2001, 0 375 50246 7
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... was worse: when her sister got stranded in Europe in 1939 she simply couldn’t understand why Franklin would not send a battleship to pick up his aunt. Serving as Woodrow Wilson’s youthful Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1913-19, FDR immediately saw the possibilities Intelligence offered and packed the Office of Naval Intelligence with his Ivy League ...

Angry White Men

R.W. Johnson: Obama’s Electoral Arithmetic, 20 October 2011

... with his penchant for appointing opponents to his cabinet, but a better model would have been Franklin Roosevelt, who never relied on Republicans for anything, brushed aside ideological arguments with the remark that what voters really wanted was ‘a chicken in every pot’, and bent all his efforts to that pragmatic end. Obama seems to have sensed ...


Mark Ford: Emily Dickinson’s Manuscripts, 19 June 2014

The Gorgeous Nothings 
by Emily Dickinson.
New Directions, 255 pp., £26.50, October 2013, 978 0 8112 2175 7
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The Marvel of Biographical Bookkeeping 
by Francis Nenik, translated by Katy Derbyshire.
Readux, 64 pp., £3, October 2013, 978 3 944801 00 1
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... achieved its destiny only when carefully edited and published in a printed book. But in 1981 R.W. Franklin’s facsimile edition, The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson, opened many Dickinson admirers’ eyes to everything that was elided or sidelined in a print edition of one of her poems. Franklin, ironically, would ...

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