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Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

Nationality: American Periods: American: 1783-1865
American: 1865-1900

recluse, woman poet, untitled poetry

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Collected Letters of Emily Dickinson

Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson

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Criticism about Emily Dickinson

Transcendental Legacy — Emily Dickinson
Brief entry on Emily Dickinson and transcendentalism. Provides extensive listing of related web and print criticism resources.
Author: Grocholski, Krystyna
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Foregrounds and Apprenticeships: Dickinson and Whitman
“The purpose of this site is to introduce students to the literary environment in which Whitman and Dickinson learned to write and to help students investigate the important exchanges that Whitman had with Emerson and Dickinson had with Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911), a Unitarian minister turned influential journalist and abolitionist. The site includes: a chronology of the early lives of both poets, the exchange between Whitman and Emerson, the exchange between Dickinson and Higginson , suggested topics for investigations, a bibliography of print and electronic resources “
Contains: Sketch, Timeline, Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography, Webliography
Author: Susan Belasco
From: The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture
Imprisonment and Captivity in Whitman and Dickinson During the Civil War . . . and After
This site looks at the history of captive soldiers in the Civil War, and analyzes how they might have affected Whitman and Dickinson.
Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography, Webliography, Timeline
Author: Kirsten Silva Gruesz
From: The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture
Love and Conquest: The Erotics of Colonial Discourse in Emily Dickinson’s Poems and Letters
“Dickinson’s use of foreign place names should encourage us to read her poems in a larger context.” Site includes texts of her poems, historical context information, a bibliography, and suggestions for student projects.
Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography, Webliography
Author: Stephanie Browner
From: The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture
Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and the Civil War
The site is divided into three sections, one which “explores Whitman’s and Dickinson’s literary responses to the Fugitive Slave Law”, one which examines their use of images of an Ethiopian in their poems, and one which considers whether their war poetry was influenced by Mathew Brady’s photographs.
Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography
Author: Ed Folsom
From: The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture
Whitman, Dickinson, and the Elegy: Death and Dying During the Civil War
“This site offers an historical overview of the elegy as a poetic form from its early origins through the mid-nineteenth century ; a selection of the elegiac poetry and related prose of Whitman and Dickinson ; a selection of critical positions of literary scholars who have commented on Whitman’s and Dickinson’s use of the elegy ; suggested topics for investigations using the materials in the site and the Whitman and Dickinson archives ; a bibliography of print and electronic resources “
Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography, Webliography, Timeline
Author: Susan Belasco
From: The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture

Biographical sites about Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
This section of the website introduces users to significant topics in Dickinson’s biography.
Contains: Sketch, Bibliography, Commentary
Emily Dickinson
Provides a brief biographical sketch of the poet, and the full text of several poems.
Contains: Sketch, Bibliography, Webliography, Pictures
Author: Academy of American Poets

Other sites about Emily Dickinson

The Emily Dickinson International Society
“The Society creates a forum for scholarship on Dickinson and her relation to the tradition of American poetry and women’s literature.”
Contains: Commentary, Pictures, Webliography
Keywords: Emily Dickinson International Society, forum
Emily Dickinson’s Grave
This site has a memorial to Emily Dickinson and shows photographs of her grave at West Cemetery, MA.
Contains: Pictures and memorial
Keywords: Emily Dickinson, grave, headstone
Portrait of Emily Dickinson
This is a portrait of Emily Dickinson.
Contains: Pictures
Keywords: Emily Dickinson, portrait, picture

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Last Updated Apr 29, 2013