The gorgeous nothings

Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886

Book - 2013

"The first full-color facsimile publication of Emily Dickinson's manuscripts, [presenting] this important, experimental work exactly as Dickinson wrote it. These fifty-two envelope writings offer a never before possible glimpse into the process of one of our most important poets"--Dust jacket back.

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New York, NY : Christine Burgin/New Directions, in association with Granary Books 2013.
Main Author
Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886 (-)
Other Authors
Marta L. Werner, 1964- (-), Jen Bervin (author of preface), Susan Howe, 1937-
Physical Description
255 pages : illustrations, facsimiles (some color) ; 31 cm
  • Preface / Susan Howe
  • Studies in scale: An introduction
  • Jen Bervin
  • The envelope writings
  • Itineraries of escape: Emily Dickinson's envelope poems / Marta Werner
  • Visual index / Jen Bervin
  • A directory of the envelope writings / Marta Werner.
Review by Library Journal Review

This exquisite reproduction of a collection of envelopes that Dickinson (1830-86) covered with scraps of poems and delightfully enigmatic phrases has not only literary value but also stunning pictorial presence. In a title originally published as an artist book by Steve Clay of Granary Books, editors Werner (The Dickinson Composites) and Bervin (Emily Dickinson's Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing) introduce (on facing pages) scanned images and visual transcriptions of envelopes that Dickinson used to draft poems or to jot down some idiosyncratic phrase that may have haunted her thoughts. Each page presents a single envelope or (in some cases) a scrap of an envelope covered with the poet's sometimes gnomic script against a stark white background. On the facing page is an outline of the same piece of envelope and within it are transcribed the words penciled on the surface. Approximately 180 pages of these images and their transcriptions, along with an introduction by Bervin and a closing essay by Werner, fill this oversize volume. Also included are indexes by page shape (i.e., flaps, seals, arrows, pointless arrows), address, multidirectional text, and cancelled or erased text, among others. VERDICT Though this book will be of limited value in a public or school library, it is a scholarly and artistic gold mine for researchers and those obsessed with Dickinsonian minutiae. The scanned envelopes are also available online at the Emily Dickinson Archive.-Herman Sutter, St. Agnes Acad., Houston (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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