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Readers like you contribute to Aleteia's Mission. Devoted to Emily and her writing, Lavinia turned to Mabel Todd for help. She "knew I always had faith in the poems," Mabel wrote in her journal, "and she begged me to copy and edit them — put them all into shape.

The task was enormous. There were almost poems — eventually 1, would turn up. Mabel reported, they had "wonderful effect on me, mentally and spiritually. They seemed to open the door into a wider universe than the little sphere surrounding me.

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She convinced the Boston editor Thomas Wentworth Higginson to help her get them published. With the best of intentions, she changed "words here and there. Higginson was a logical person to enlist in the project. Emily had asked his opinion of her writing more than a decade earlier.

He called her his "eccentric poetess," corresponded with her regularly, and visited her in Amherst on at least two occasions. Because the poems were so unconventional, Higginson was not optimistic but he submitted the manuscript to Houghton Mifflin.

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The publisher promptly rejected the collection as "queer — the rhymes are all wrong. The first volume came out in November of ; within six months, it was already in its sixth edition. Mabel Todd prepared a second series for publication a year later, and in brought our two volumes of the poet's letters. American literature would have lost one of its most singular voices. The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst includes the Homestead Dickinson's birthplace and home and the Evergreens, the house her father built for her brother Austin next door.

Sewall Farrar, Straus and Giroux, On this day in , 25 Bostonians, including the president of the Massachusetts Senate, a homeless man, and a fifth grade student, recited their favorite poems to a packed auditorium at the Boston Public Library Many had traveled for days to reach what would become the first of the On this day in , the nation's first museum of picture book art opened in Amherst. A decade earlier, children's book author and illustrator Eric Carle had visited a picture book museum in Tokyo and September 15, Share this story. Remember "Normal is boring"! Download September As illustrated by the scarf gag, Dickinson has a sense of humor that bounces between goofy and grim.

If in a future season Cardi B shows up playing Elizabeth Cady Stanton, it would feel entirely appropriate. Dickinson is a different kind of origin story, one that co-opts the myth of Emily Dickinson to peel her out of her corset and imagine her as a rebellious queer, goth goofball. She is Emily Dickinson, messy and horny and smart and very, very fun to watch.

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