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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 ...

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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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... people, he didn’t see why the world shouldn’t be arranged to suit his designs. His mother 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 ...

Angry White Men

R.W. Johnson: Obama’s Electoral Arithmetic

20 October 2011
... Kennedy got elected president in 1960, and that sort of thing would never do in Louisiana. Waggonner was right about JFK, who had beaten Nixon by a mere 0.1 per cent of the vote; the black vote, which split 72 to 28 per cent for Kennedy, had clearly made the difference. But this wasn’t the first time. In his 1948 campaign, Harry Truman backed civil ...

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