On December 10, 1830, the legendary American poetess Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born. That is why we decided to make December the Emily Dickinson Month. We will publish work of this poetess, analyse her work and publish articles related to Dickinson.
Emily Dickinson (full: Emily Elizabeth Dickinson) was born in the American town of Amherst. Her nickname is The Belle of Amherst. This name was made up long after she died. It shows, that this poetess still has many fans.
If it wasn’t for the efforts of her sister, Lavinia Norcross Dickinson, most her work would not have been published at all. Her sister made sure, that the work was published after Dickinson died in 1886. The first editions of her poems have been edited (such a crime), many years later the original versions (unedited) were published.
Lavinia never lived to see the unedited versions of her sister’s work. She died in 1899, nine years after the first – edited – poetry collection was published. She was the youngest of the three Dickinson children. She did not act on her sister’s last will. According to her sister’s will, all the manuscripts should be burned after her death. She decided to have the work edited by Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Mabel Loomis Todd. In 1890, the first poetry collection was published by Roberts Brothers in Boston. Two years later, the eleventh edition was published.
Lavinia or Vinnie was the youngest of the Dickinson family. Just like her older sister, she never got married and lived in Amherst (Massachusetts) all of her life.
Should we thank Vinnie for ignoring the last wish of her sister? Yes, when it comes to the ability to read the work of Dickinson. And no, when it comes to the decision to have her work edited. She wasn’t the only one to be blamed though. The editors should not have done this in the first place. The poetry that Emily Dickinson wrote, is too good to be edited at all!
Many people from all over the world, have read the work of Dickinson at one moment in their lives. The Ministry of Poetic Affairs published many poems written by The Belle of Amherst. We continue to do this in this December month. This is our way, to pay respect and tribute to the Great Emily Dickinson.
You can help us too! Are you up for a challenge? You can help us, by writing your review or an analysis of a poem written by Dickinson. We look forward publishing your review or analysis on our website. Of course, you will be credited as the author of this article. Contact us for more information!