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This should now be the definitive book of Emily Dickinson s poetry It is important to know the sequence in which she wrote her poetry And helps even if you have read The Life of Emily Dickinson by Richard B Sewell, a wonderful biography of her life There are so many books of poetry out there supposed to be her poetry, but instead are poems doctored by well meaning family and friends I have yet to read the entire book, as it is long, but I intend to compare it to the prior authoritative version of her poetry by R W Franklin.I had thought from the advertisement of the book that it would have photographs of her actual handwritten poetry fragments However, there weren t very many of such illustrations I might add that I also have the book, Emily Dickinson The Gorgeous Nothings, by Marta Werner andJen Bervin which includes multiple photographs of her handwritten poems or scraps of them However, this book has its own problems as the poems from which they are drawn is listed in the end of the book as a Directory of the Envelope Writings rather than with the photographs of her writing in the main part of the book The scraps photographed themselves do not necessarily help identify the actual poems by themselves. Emily Dickinson S Poems As She Preserved Them Is A Major New Edition Of Dickinson S Verse Intended For The Scholar, Student, And General Reader It Foregrounds The Copies Of Poems That Dickinson Retained For Herself During Her Lifetime, In The Form She Retained Them This Is The Only Edition Of Dickinson S Complete Poems To Distinguish In Easy Visual Form The Approximately , Poems She Took Pains To Copy Carefully Onto Folded Sheets In Fair Hand Arguably To Preserve Them For Posterity From The Poems She Kept In Rougher Form Or Apparently Did Not Retain It Is The First Edition To Include The Alternate Words And Phrases Dickinson Wrote On Copies Of The Poems She Retained Readers Can See, And Determine For Themselves, The Extent To Which A Poem Is Resolved Or FluidWith Its Clear And Uncluttered Pages, The Volume Recommends Itself As A Valuable Resource For The Classroom And To General Readers A Dickinson Scholar, Cristanne Miller Supplies Helpful Notes That Gloss The Poet S Quotations And Allusions And The Contexts Of Her Writing Miller S Introduction Describes Dickinson S Practices In Copying And Circulating Poems And Summarizes Contentious Debates Within Dickinson Scholarship Emily Dickinson S Poems As She Preserved Them Brings Us Closer To The Writing Practice Of A Crucially Important American Poet And Provides New Ways Of Thinking About Dickinson, Allowing Us To See Fully Her Methods Of Composing, Circulating, And Copying Than Previous Editions Have Allowed It Will Be Valued By All Readers Of Dickinson S Poetry Dickinson s Poems restored to their unedited state Large volume of her complete poems with annotations A great book to just thumb through and read Dickinson s short yet poignant poems Not necessarily a book to read from beginning to end A great daily poem resource. This is a wonderful collection of poems I am doing PhD work on Dickinson, and have been a fan of hers for years I have a few smaller collections of her poems, but nothing like this one Everything from the cover and pages is great quality, and the organization of the poems totally makes it feel like a fresh new discovery of my favorite poet If you re a fan of Emily, this is a necessary collection to own. I love Emily Dickinson s poetry, and this is such a stunning collection I appreciate the fact that scholars have gone through her work and structured it in the ways that Dickinson wanted to have her poetry presented, and I really love the beauty of her work.