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Newly Published: Emily Dickinson as a Second Language

New on our bookshelf today:

Emily Dickinson as a Second Language: Demystifying the Poetry
Greg Mattingly

Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) wrote in 19th century American English and referenced long-vanished cultural contexts. A “private poet,” she created her own vocabulary, and many of her poems have quite specific local and personal connections. Twenty-first century readers may find her poetry elusive and challenging.

Promoting a richer appreciation of Dickinson’s work for a modern audience, this book explores unfamiliar aspects of her language and her world.