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MS Am 1118.97-1118.98

Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943. Martha Dickinson Bianchi correspondence concerning publication of the poetry of Emily Dickinson, 1881-1943: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1118.97-1118.98
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943.
Title: Martha Dickinson Bianchi correspondence concerning publication of the poetry of Emily Dickinson,
Date(s): 1881-1943,
Date(s): 1925-1937 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (3.75 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence regarding publication of the poetry of the American poet, Emily Dickinson, by her niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

98M-69. Bulk of collection purchased from Alfred Leete Hampson with funds given by Gilbert H. Montague, class of 1901, in happy memory of Amy Angell Collier Montague; received: 1950 May.

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Processed by: Jennifer Lyons with the assistance of Alexis Dinniman

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Martha Dickinson Bianchi Correspondence Concerning the Publication of the Poetry of Emily Dickinson, 1881-1943 (MS Am 1118.97-1118.98). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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Biographical / Historical

Martha Dickinson Bianchi (1866-1943) was the niece of American poet, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), and daughter of William Austin Dickinson (1829-1895) and Susan Huntington Dickinson (1830-1913). As the sole surviving member of the Dickinson family, she edited several collections of Emily Dickinson's work, and wrote two Dickinson biographies. A poet in her own right, Bianchi published several volumes of her own work as well.


Bibliography Major books consulted while cataloging this collection: Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943. Emily Dickinson face to face: unpublished letters with notes and reminiscences / With a foreword by Alfred Leete Hampson. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1932. Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943. The life and letters of Emily Dickinson. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1924. Habegger, Alfred. My wars are laid away in books: the life of Emily Dickinson. New York: Random House, 2001.


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

This collection largely consists of correspondence with Bianchi in regard to her work and research into the life, letters, and poetry of Emily Dickinson. The Bianchi end of the correspondence consists mainly of carbon copies of letters written by Bianchi or her coeditor, Alfred Leete Hampson. Series I includes correspondence with publishers and periodical publications as well as invoices and royalty statements. Also included are notes and correspondence related to the sale of Dickinson manuscripts and some of Bianchi's research notes and drafts for her writings on Dickinson. Series II is primarily letters with associated materials from assorted individuals to Bianchi about her work on Dickinson.

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