Monday, January 24, 2011
Was Emily Dickinson a cut-up? Another installment of Make It New, Already!
Yes! Dickinson attached the above illustration, with another cut from page 359 of the book, to a poem she sent her sister-in-law Susan around 1859. As my wonderful former colleagues at the Houghton note -
"Interestingly, the book bears the ownership inscription of the poet’s father, Edward Dickinson; if the dating of the poem is correct, his daughter felt free to cut snippets from his books while he was around to discover her biblio-vandalism. Or perhaps the poet knew he wouldn’t be reading a novel?"
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