Emily Dickinson. To meet a need which had been felt for some time both in the United States and abroad, the pamphlet series, the University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers, was established in 1959. By providing readable critical introductions to American Writers, the pamphlets were designed to meet the needs and tastes of mature students and readers of imaginative literature throughout the world.
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On Tuesday, August 16, 1870, Thomas Wentworth Higginson visited Emily Dickinson at her home in Amherst, Massachusetts. It was their first meeting, although they had been in correspondence since April 1862 when the poet addressed herself to the well-known critic “to say if my Verse is alive.” Higginson’s account of this first meeting is given in a letter to his wife. “A step like a pattering child’s in entry,” he reported, “& in glided a little plain woman with two smooth bands of reddish hair & a face a little like Belle Dove’s; not plainer — with no good feature —...