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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy,US; Reprint edition (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517362422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517362426
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had never read any of Ms Dickinson's poetry prior to buying this book. I was an instant convert. Her poetry reached within me, areas that other poetry just hadn't reached before!
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By Greenfingers on 25 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful book, arrived on time but not in particularly good order but it was second hand. The poems are wonderful.
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Not the original versions! 18 Jun. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you want to read Emily Dickinson's poetry in their original form and you want to discover the incredible vitality of this poet's intellect, imagination, and artistic skill, don't buy this book. The poems in this collection are "improved" versions of the original poems which can be found in other available editions. Moreover, the selections include most of ED's least interesting work. When ED died two people selected some of her poems and prepared them for publication by adding punctuation, altering words, and even omitting words, lines, and whole stanzas so that the polite readers of her day would find ED's poems more palatable and less offensive.
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Emily Dickinson's Poetry is altered by the editor 21 Mar. 2001
By Josh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Emily Dickinson, I love her poetry, but this edition is thoroughly rotten. It is not Emily Dickinson's poetry, but the edited version of her poetry, significantly changed by the same editor who rejected Dickinson's poems while she was alive. This edition is changed so much from the original poems that most of Dickinson's meaning is lost. If you want to read what Emily Dickinson really wrote, I reccomed the complete poetry of Emily Dickinson edited by Thomas H. Johnson, it is the complete and original poetry of Dickinson.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
What was Higginson Thinking? 2 April 2001
By Jennie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I would like to know what Higginson was thinking when he obliterated Emily's poetry. He actaully had the arrogance to think that he knew what she 'intended' to write. This is an absolute farce of a book. Compare the hacked and pieced poems in this 'book' <and I use the term loosely> to the ones you find in 'The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson' edited by Thomas H. Johnson. That is the book to get. Johnson was part of the team that maticulously read her hand-written versions and published a word for word, dash for dash version. If you want to read what the genious Emily originally wrote seek the REAL works, not this attrocious adaptation! The print speaks for itself.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A Crime Against Emily 20 Mar. 2001
By Mark Schnaedter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This collection of poems, tho representing a fine breadth of Dickenson's works, is in final assessment a crime against the poet's great talent. As is freely admitted in the introduction, the editor, Mr. Higginson, "worked on the mechanics of the poems by smoothing out the rhymes and meter, changing the line arrangements, and rewriting the dialect of the local area." This is a free admission of the book's guilt, having adulterated Dickenson's original poems in both content and form. Gone are the nuances and passions that make Dickenson one of the best American writers. Gone are the premeditated dashed and capitalizations that add depth and intensity to the poems' meanings. And, worst of all, gone or altered are many lines that contribute to the unique vision of the artist. As Thomas H. Johnson says in the Introduction to "The Complete Poems of Emily Dickenson," A representative mid-nineteenth century traditionalist was being asked to judge the work of a wholly new order of craftsman . . . which he was not equipped to estimate." Do yourself a favor and avoid this text. Instead, find one that is true to the original poems, one which preserves the intent and stylistic genius of the author, and one which will give you the full and lasting effect of Emily Dickenson.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Warning 3 Sept. 2004
By Carl Sommer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book may be interesting to experts who want to see how the first "editors" Todd and Higginson, alterated Dickinson's poems, "by smoothing out the rhymes and meter, changing line arrangements, and rewriting the dialect of the local area", as the introduction plainly states.

Is it naivety, stupidity or cold deliberation that this book is still sold under the innocent title of "collected poems", as if it presented the original texts? It should come with a warning.
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