Book recommendations from Emily Dickinson

An Emily Dickinson Reading List: Imagining book recommendations from a life of letters. – Jaime Fuller – Lapham’s Quarterly – 8/13/18

The list includes 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Dickinson unsurprisingly vacuumed up contemporary verse, enjoying near peers who had published when she had not. Elizabeth Barrett Browning was perhaps her favorite, judging from the fact that a portrait of the poet hung in her room. In fact, she had more than one portrait, as she told Higginson: “Have you the portrait of Mrs Browning? Persons sent me three – If you had none, will you have mine?” Dickinson praised Barrett Browning in her work: “I went to thank her,” for example, imagines a trip to her idol’s grave, and, after the poet died in 1861, she wrote, “Silver perished with her tongue.”

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