Further Poems of Emily Dickinson (Limited Edition)
Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1929. First Edition. Number 179 of a limited edition of 465 copies containing a frontis facsimile of a previously unpublished poem. Original publisher's quarter blue cloth over green cloth boards retaining the delicate paper label to spine. Top edge brightly gilt. A very nearly Fine copy with three tiny spots to the front board and a gently bump to the foot of spine. Internally fresh and unmarked. Housed in the original publisher's slipcase retaining its original spine label; overall holding up nicely, with just a trifle of wear to upper and lower opening edges and a bit of toning to spine. A lovely collection containing over 150 previously unpublished Dickinson pieces, discovered by her niece Martha Dickinson Bianchi.
"One of the most popular and enigmatic American writers of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson wrote almost 1,800 poems. Nevertheless, her work was essentially unknown to contemporary readers since only a handful of poems were published during her lifetime, and a vast trove of her manuscripts was not discovered until after her death in 1886. Often typecast as a recluse who rarely left her Amherst home, Dickinson was, in fact, socially active as a young woman and maintained a broad network of friends and correspondents even as she grew older and retreated into seclusion" (The Morgan Library). A master of short-form poetry, Dickinson deployed metaphors drawn from the natural world to explore experiences of wonder, death and loss, religious faith and doubt, meaning and meaninglessness, and selfhood. Currently being kept in the popular imagination thanks to the popular Apple+ series Dickinson, which draws on the author's poetry, biography, and archives to create a vibrant and edgy exploration of her place both in and out of her own time. Reading Dickinson's work, including the poems in the present volume, provide readers an important opportunity to escape the "myth of the woman in white to see Dickinson as she depicted herself: sensual, at times rebellious, and effervescently queer" (Gattuso). Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #5360)