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Critical companion to Emily Dickinson : a literary reference to her life and work /
Sharon Leiter.
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New York : Facts on File, c2007.
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xv, 448 p. : ill., facsims., ports. ; 24 cm.
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0816054487 (acid-free paper)
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New York : Facts on File, c2007.
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0816054487 (acid-free paper)
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6023108
 
Bibliography of Dickinson's works: p. 417-419.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 420-432) and index.
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First Chapter
Critical Companion to Emily Dickinson is an encyclopedic guide to the life and works of Emily Dickinson, one of the most famous and widely studied American poets of the 19th century. Known for her wit and preference for seclusion from the outside world, Dickinson rarely left her home in Amherst, Massachusetts, preferring instead to write quietly from the confines of her bedroom.
This title contains close readings and critical analyses of more than 150 of Dickinson's best-known poems, including Because I could not stop for Death, I felt a funeral, in my Brain, I died for Beauty—but was scarce, and I like to see it lap the miles. The different aspects of Dickinson's life that influenced her work are also discussed, including family, friends, teachers, townspeople, editors, and correspondents. In this single-volume reference, admirers, general readers, and lovers of poetry will discover hundreds of entries covering every aspect of Dickinson's life and work.
Coverage includes:
A biography of Dickinson
Entries on her most famous and most anthologized poems
The essential people in her life
Spiritual and literary influences
Social and religious movements
Her publishing history
Critical approaches to her work
Important themes and metaphors
A foreword by noted poet and Dickinson scholar Gregory Orr.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-03-01:
Leiter's (literature, Univ. of Virginia; Akhamatova's Petersburg) reference work on the much-beloved and much-studied poet Emily Dickinson (1830-86) is part of a 12-title, 14-volume set. It opens with a foreword by poet and Dickinson scholar Gregory Orr and includes an introduction; an approximately 20-page biography of Dickinson; explications of 150 of her best-known poems (e.g., "Because I Could Not Stop for Death"); an A-to-Z dictionary of relevant persons, places, and ideas illustrated with black-and-white photos; a chronology; bibliographies; and a comprehensive index. The biography is detailed enough for a general understanding of its subject but not exhaustive. The poetry explications constitute what will likely be the most used section, with approximately one page dedicated to each poem, plus suggestions for further reading. The hundreds of dictionary entries will be helpful in answering questions about Dickinson's milieu and also serve to round out the biography. Bottom Line There are many reference books useful to students of Dickinson's writing, including Wendy Martin's The Cambridge Companion to Emily Dickinson (2002) and The Emily Dickinson Handbook (Univ. of Massachusetts Pr., 2005). Those aforementioned titles are thematically arranged collections of critical essays, while Leiter's is a more straightforward reference guide. Generally attractive and effectively organized, it should make a valuable addition to high school, public, and academic libraries. Recommended.-Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2007-07-01:
In this latest four-part volume in Facts on File's "Critical Companion" series, poet and scholar Leiter compiles critical, biographical, and bibliographic resources for the study of Emily Dickinson. Leiter states, "I have written with the general reader in mind, high school and college students, as well as poetry lovers of all ages." Part 1 is a short biography. Part 2, "Poems A-Z," consists of detailed analyses and close readings of 150 of Dickinson's poems. Leiter's primary criteria for this small selection (Dickinson's oeuvre consists of 1,789 poems) are "most important and most representative," though she acknowledges the lack of consensus among editors and critics as to which titles comprise "the essential Dickinson."Arranged alphabetically by first line, each poem's entry includes a reference to its number order in Thomas Johnson's and Richard Franklin's comprehensive editions of Dickinson's complete works. Part 3, "Related Persons, Places and Ideas," offers entries on Dickinson's family and associates, homes, and literary themes. This context of people and places is particularly important when reading the work of such a private, passionate poet. Cross-references and further readings for most entries expand the utility of parts 2 and 3. The fourth section includes a chronology, annotated bibliographies of primary and secondary sources, and an index. Countless collections of essays and criticisms of Dickinson's life and work exist, including The Cambridge Companion to Emily Dickinson, ed. by Wendy Martin (CH, May'03, 40-5068), but this companion is an important one-volume resource for students and general readers. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates and general readers. M. L. Thomas Illinois Wesleyan University
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"Though virtually unknown in her lifetime, Emily Dickinson is today one of the most widely read and studied American poets. Critical Companion to Emily Dickinson contains extensive analyses and close readings of more than 150 of her best-known poems, including "Because I could not stop for Death," "I felt a funeral, in my Brain," and "I like to see it lap the miles." This encyclopedic guide also discusses many societal, intellectual, spiritual, and literary influences revealed in Dickinson's poems. This single-volume reference will guide readers through her life and work, which continues to intrigue students, critics, and poetry lovers of all ages."--BOOK JACKET.
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This is an encyclopaedic guide to the life and works of Emily Dickinson, one of the most famous and widely studied American poets of the 19th century.
Main Description
Critical Companion to Emily Dickinson is an encyclopedic guide to the life and works of Emily Dickinson, one of the most famous and widely studied American poets of the 19th century. Known for her wit and preference for seclusion from the outside world, Dickinson rarely left her home in Amherst, Mass., preferring instead to write quietly from the confines of her bedroom. This new title contains close readings and critical analyses of more than 150 of Dickinson's best-known poems, including "Because I could not stop for Death," "I felt a funeral, in my Brain," "I died for Beauty--but was scarce," and "I like to see it lap the miles." The different aspects of Dickinson's life that influenced her work are also discussed, including family, friends, teachers, townspeople, editors, and correspondents. In this single-volume reference, admirers, general readers, and lovers of poetry will discover hundreds of entries covering every aspect of Dickinson's life and work. Coverage includes: *A biography of Dickinson *Entries on her most famous and most anthologized poems *The essential people in her life *Spiritual and literary influences *Social and religious movements *Her publishing history *Critical approaches to her work * Important themes and metaphors *A foreword by noted poet and Dickinson scholar Gregory Orr.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. v
Introductionp. ix
Biographyp. 1
Poems A-Zp. 23
Related Persons, Places, and Ideasp. 239
Appendicesp. 407
Chronologyp. 409
Bibliography of Dickinson's Worksp. 417
Bibliography of Secondary Sources, with Partial Annotationp. 420
Indexp. 433
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