letters from dickinson to maria whitney

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 974

MANUSCRIPT: AC. Pencil. It is an unfinished rough draft, jotted on a discarded concert program which can be dated 23 March 1885. The fair copy of the draft presumably was sent to Maria Whitney.


The Springfield Republican on 7 March 1885 carried the folowing announcement:

The Century company of New York will publish next
autumn a biography of the late editor of The Republican,
under the title, "The Life and Times of Samuel Bowles."

The first volume of Cross's Life [of George Eliot] appeared in Feb-
ruary 1885 (see letter no. 908). ED had been enthusiastic about Daniel Deronda when she followed its serial publication in Scribner's Monthly in 1876 (see letter no. 457), but she may have been wrong about Bowles's last trip to California, which seems to have occurred in 1873. After the publication of Daniel Deronda his only known trip was to Virginia, Kentucky, and Chicago, in the spring of 1877.

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