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They "asked me for my mind."
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2017
A hidden gem, this rare work assembled by Emily Dickenson's sister in law is a window into the life, times and thoughts of one of the worlds great literary genius's. In it she references a contemporary Ik Marvel, aka: Donald P. Mitchell, whose worked she marveled at. Reading Mitchell's Reveries of a Bachelor c.1850, you recognize immediately why, his dedication to word craft bordering on her obsessive own: "Could mortal lip divine - the undelivered fright - of a syllable delivered - T'would crumble of the weight. Dickinson like Mitchell, did not respect words and as much as revere them, and anyone who appreciates the same will find great pleasure and insight between the pages of Emily's Letters. Hell, I would recommend this book for no other reason than to visit the simplest of letters young Emily wrote to a mentor Thomas Higginson imploring him to help her discover her craft: "But I fear my story fatigues you. I would like to learn. Could you tell me how to grow, or is it conveyed, like melody or witchcraft?" Innocent in the moment, this pleading girl had yet to grasp that hers was a case of divine intervention. Find it, read it, and her.