Digitally Re-Presenting Fascicle 16
Sharon Cameron uses the violent sentence,
"Then she stabbed them and bound them with string" to
describe the final steps in the process
of self-publication that Emily Dickinson employed. The publication
Emily Dickinson is a history of a continual and sometimes violent
re-fashioning and re-presenting of both the poet and the poems.
In this project, I attempt to offer you a journey through
that history, a chance for you as reader to experience the process
of construction of this canonized American poet. I take as my focus a
group of Dickinson's poems, the eleven poems grouped together in what we
have termed Fascicle 16.
The eleven poems of the fascicle are (in the order in which they appear in the fascicle):
- Before I got my eye put out--
- Of nearness to her sundered Things
- Tie the Strings to my Life, My Lord,
- I like a look of Agony
- I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
- "Tis so appalling--it exhilarates--
- How noteless Men and Pleids, stand,
- When we stand on top of things--
- 'Twas just this time, last year, I died.
- Afraid! Of whom am I afraid?
- He showed me Hights I never saw--
If you want to read more about the project, my motivations, how I
understand the poet and the texts and how they have both been
to be consumed, allow me to
tell you all about it
Or, you can head directly to the index
The editions of Dickinson's poems which I have included in this
- Fascicle 16 as published in facsimile in The Manuscript Books of
Emily Dickinson edited by R. W. Franklin and published in 1981.
- Poems, the first collection of Dickinson poems, edited by
Mabel Loomis Todd and Thomas Wentworth Higginson and published in
1890 by Roberts Brothers, Boston. I have taken my images from an 1892
- Poems, Second Series, the second collection, also
edited by Mabel Loomis Todd and Thomas Wentworth Higginson and published
in 1891 by Roberts Brothers, Boston. I have taken my images from an
- Poems, Third Series, the third collection, edited by Mabel
Loomis Todd and published in 1896 by Roberts Brothers, Boston. I have
taken my images from a 1917 Little & brown reprint.
- The Further Poems collection, edited by Martha Dickinson
Bianchi and Alfred Leete Hampson and published in 1929 by Little &
- The Centenary Edition, edited by Martha Dickinson
Bianchi and Alfred Leete Hampson and published in 1930 by Little &
- The Bolts of Melody collections, edited by Mabel Loomis Todd
and Millicent Todd Bingham and published in 1945 by Harper & Brothers, New
- The Final Harvest collection, edited by thomas H. Johnson and
published in 1961 by Little & Brown, Boston.
- One poem's publication in Atlantic Monthly, February 1929
also is included.