Egypt and North Africa, and was particularly fond of mountain climbing in Switzerland, a sport she continued until shortly before her death, to the amazement of less vigorous contemporaries. She was a devoted worker for the Red Cross, receiving a certificate for more than three thousand hours of service in the surgical-dressings rooms during the last war. She also served at Pershing House, New York, for two years and after the war continued her Red Cross work for several years among the gassed, wounded and tubercular soldiers.
The New York Herald Tribune, the day following her death, recalled that although to the present generation she was perhaps best known by her biography of her aunt, THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF EMILY DICKINSON, later supplemented by EMILY DICKINSON FACE TO FACE, she was the author of six novels, four volumes of verse, and scores of uncollected poems and short stories and articles, and the translator from the Russian of a volume of Russian lyrics and Cossack songs. She was also the editor of six volumes of the POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON, the later ones in collaboration with Alfred Leete Hampson. The New York Times, on the same day, noted that her discovery and publication of the FURTHER POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON caused a literary sensation on both sides of the Atlantic. The present eminence of Emily Dickinson, who had dropped almost completely from sight before the publication of the LIFE AND LETTERS is generally recognized as due to Madame Bianchi's presentation of the personality and work of her aunt.
Madame Bianchi was well known as a speaker both here
and abroad. Of recent years. she had lectured at the leading
American universities, including Columbia, Harvard and
Yale, and for ten consecutive years she lectured as a special
guest in the Harkness Academic Theatre at the Columbia
University Summer School. She was a member of the National
Arts Club of America, of the Boston Authors Club, and was
an honorary member of Zeta Chapter (Columbia University)
of Phi Delta Gamma, a national fraternity for graduate
women, an honorary member of the Craftsman Poetry Group,
New York City, and an honorary member of the Northampton
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