Emily Dickinson: A User's Guide (Wiley Blackwell Introductions to Literature)

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Emily Dickinson, A User s Guide presents a comprehensive introduction to the life and works of Emily Dickinson, Offers a richly appreciative biographical and critical introduction to America s most widely admired woman poet

  • Written by a world–renowned Emily Dickinson scholar and American literary critic
  • Represents the only book that reads Dickinson through her manuscripts, the print editions of her work, and the major digital Dickinson editions published since 1994
  • The User s Guide is a new kind of book for a new era of reading
  • Is the only book that is an introduction to the poet, her work, and her receptions among readers
  • Is the only book that presents new biography and textual discoveries that have just come to light in 2011
  •   Interprets Dickinson through the dynamic interchange between the reader s sense of her life and her work
  • Draws on prominent critical views from the past century, including sentimental, modernist, new critical, psychological, feminist, queer, and postmodernist readings

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Considered among the first rank of American poets, Emily Dickinson was virtually unknown and unpublished (in the traditional sense of publishing) in her lifetime. Emily Dickinson: A User s Guide presents a comprehensive biographical and critical reflection of the life and writings of America s most widely admired woman poet. Martha Nell Smith, world–renowned Emily Dickinson scholar and American literary critic, introduces us to Dickinson s world, examines the current state of Dickinson studies, and offers groundbreaking new interpretations of Dickinson s works. Smith exposes modern readers to deep engagements with the three major digital resources on Dickinson s writings and her life, the poet s original manuscripts, and the innumerable print editions produced since the poet s death in1886. Emily Dickinson: A User s Guide offers an inspired and invaluable introduction to the life and works of one of the greatest of all English–language poets.

About the Author:

Martha Nell Smith is Professor of English, Distinguished Scholar–Teacher, and Advance Professor at the University of Maryland.  Her numerous print publications include Companion to Emily Dickinson (2008); Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson s Intimate Letters to Susan Dickinson (1998); Comic Power in Emily Dickinson (1993); and Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson (1992).

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