Dickinson Goes Digital

The Dish

Casey N. Cep delights in perusing the Emily Dickinson Archive, where, “for the first time since her death, almost all of her poetry, published and unpublished, finished and unfinished, appears together in high-resolution scans”:

Although she wrote 1,789 poems, the Archive includes more than four thousand images: completed poems, but also the drafts and altered versions that reflect her constant dish_dickinson editing and meticulous revisions. Even more material will continue to be added. Never before has the zoom button been so useful: letting us see the very fibers of her paper scraps, the subtle bleed of ink from one side of a page onto another, the creases of bindings and page folds. You can browse by image or by first line and search by date or by recipient. You can press a button and a transcription of the text unfolds to the right of the image. There is even a…

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