Dear Miss Dickinson: I have often wondered what the results would have been if you had sent your letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson instead of Thomas Wentworth Higginson? But that is speculative history and that is not my intended purpose here. I come bringing you this packet of fourteen essays. They are letters to you from the world. These are not the only ones to result from the centennial of your passing. There is a wealth of other essays, critical books, as well as significant biographies which attest to your faith in your work and to your importance to the total fabric of American literature.



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