Emily Dickinson letters and poems sent to the Austin Dickinson family
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Biographical / Historical
Susan Dickinson was the youngest daughter of Thomas and Harriet Arms Gilbert. Her mother died in 1837, and her father in 1841. She was then raised by an aunt, and attended Utica Female Academy. Emily and Austin Dickinson became acquainted with her when she came to live with her sister Harriet Gilbert Cutler in Amherst in 1850. Susan taught in Baltimore 1851-1852, and became engaged to Austin in November 1853.
Austin and Susan Dickinson had three children: Edward, called Ned (1861-1898); Martha (1866-1943), who married Alexander Bianchi in 1903; and Gilbert (1875-1883).
- I. Manuscripts in notebook
- II. Loose manuscripts removed from notebook
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Existence and Location of Copies
- 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.
- Fr = Franklin, Ralph, ed. The poems of Emily Dickinson, variorum edition. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998.
- (B197) Dickinson, Edward, 1803-1874. A.L.s. (Edward Dickinson) to Edward (Ned) Dickinson; .Amherst] Christmas Day 1864. Ink; 1p. Begins: Dear little Eddy...
- (B200) Dickinson, Gilbert, 1875-1883. A.L.s. to Sarah E. Jenkins Squires; Amherst, 27 December 1882. Pencil; 4 p., with envelope. Begins: My dear Sally I thought I would write...
- (B202) Obituary notice of Emily Dickinson, clipped from the Springfield Republican; another copy of part of this notice, mounted, with A.N. by Samuel Bowles III to Susan Huntington Dickinson asking about corrections for the reprint in the Weekly Republican.
- (B201) Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. A.L.s. to Emily Dickinson. Ink; 4 p. [ ] 11 May 1869. Begins: Sometimes I take out your letters...
- (B198) Bowles, Samuel, 1826-1878. A.L.s. to Susan Huntington Dickinson; [Springfield] 29 June [ ] Ink; 3 p. Begins: My dear Susan. Your part of convention ...
- (B199) Fiske, Deborah W. (Vinal). A.L.s. to Emily Norcross Dickinson; [Amherst, 184-] Ink; 2p. Begins: My dear Mrs. Dickinson, If convenient...
The headings given to the series are those assigned by William McCarthy upon receipt in 1950. The notebook in which the poems and letters were apparently housed was not retained. McCarthy numbered the sheets, in pencil, on the lower left corner of the versos; these are the numbers in parentheses. These numbers correspond to Johnson's "H B" numbers (e.g. MS Am 1118.5 (B1) is the same as H B1).
- Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886. Emily Dickinson letters and poems sent to the Austin Dickinson family, 1850-1886: Guide.
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