Emily Dickinson's Correspondences
Correspondence with Susan Dickinson

H B44

JL 258, JP 299

FP 418

OMC 70

early 1860s



watermark/embossment: Q, Queen profile, embossed

18 x 11 cm.

FF 228, with poem omitted. After using tenuous evidence to link this letter-poem to a male correspondent, Benjamin Franklin Newton, Johnson suggests that Dickinson may have been writing about "Sue herself" (see Emily Dickinson: An Interpretive Biography 38-41). Johnson's stretch is yet another example of editorial commentary that reflects some bias against Sue and thus elides her lifelong importance as a kind of muse for Emily.

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Last updated on April 18, 2001
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