poems sent from dickinson to higginson

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 1206

MANUSCRIPT: The copy reproduced above (Bingham), in pencil, signed "Emily-," was written in 1872, and sent to an unidentified recipient. Lines 3 and 4 conclude a letter (BPL Higg 67) written to T. W. Higginson in December 1872:

Menagerie to me
My Neighbor be.

Kate Field, under the pseudonym "Straws, Jr." gave a detailed account of the Newport (Rhode Island) season in the Springfield Daily Republican on 14 September 1864, under the caption "A Human Menagerie." Higginson began his thirteen-year residence in Newport in June of that year.

PUBLICATION: The six-line poem is in Poems (189I), 40, titled "The Show." The letter to Higginson is in Letters (ed. 1894), 317; (ed. 1931), 290; also LL (1924), 277.

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