letters from dickinson to george h. gould

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 34

MANUSCRIPT: missing.

PUBLICATION: The Indicator (Amherst College), II, 7, February 1850.

This valentine letter, dated "Valentine Eve," is typical of the nonsense ED could evoke for such occasions. Some of the expressions, such as "magnum bonum, harum scarum" she also used in her letter (no. 29) to Joel Norcross. The Indicator was published by a group of students among whom was George H. Gould, Austin's good friend. The preparation of the "Editor's Corner," in which the letter appears, was for this issue in the hands of Henry Shipley. It was preceded by a comment in which the editor says: "I wish I knew who the author is. I think she must have some spell, by which she quickens the imagination, and causes the high blood 'run frolic through the veins.'" On Carlo, see letters no. 194 and 314.

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