Emily Dickinson letters to John Long Graves
Letters from the Massachusetts poet Emily Dickinson, to her cousin, John Long Graves, with four autograph poems and letters to others.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
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Extent.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Contains eight letters from Dickinson to John Long Graves, one to Clara Newman Turner, one to Anna Newman Carleton, one to "dear boys," and four autograph poems by Dickinson including:
- Before I got my eye put out . . .
- I cannot dance upon my toes . . .
- They might not need me - yet they might . . . [first line]
- While I was fearing it - it came . . .
Also includes: one letter from Thomas Wentworth Higginson to Jane Helen Findlater concerning Dickinson's poems; one letter from Findlater to an unidentified recipient about purchasing poems; one letter from Margaret Maher to Clara Newman Turner; and a note by MacGregor Jenkins.
Biographical / Historical
Dickinson was a poet of Amherst, Mass. Correspondents in this grouping of letters include her cousins: John Long Graves (1831-1915), Clara Badger Newman Turner (Mrs. Sidney Turner), and Anna Dodge Newman Carlton (Mrs. George H. Carleton). Other names in this series include: Margaret "Maggie" Maher, one of the Dickinson's domestic staff; Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a close family friend; and others.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired from various sources at various times. See items for full acquistion information.
Existence and Location of Copies
Readers are expected to use the facsimiles available.
- J = Johnson, Thomas, ed.. The poems of Emily Dickinson : including variant readings critically compared with all known manuscripts. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1955.
- JL = Johnson, Thomas, ed. The letters of Emily Dickinson. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1958. This collection includes Johnson's "HCL G" letters.
- Fr = Franklin, Ralph, ed. The poems of Emily Dickinson, variorum edition. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998.
Processed by: Leslie A. Morris and Bonnie B. Salt
- Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886. Emily Dickinson letters to John Long Graves, 1854-1927: Guide.
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