The list author says: "If you're looking for a copy of ED's poems the first thing you need to be aware of is that most of the older and popular editions of her work should be avoided. This is because they give us, not the highly idiosyncratic poems ED actually wrote, but regularized versions with spelling standardized, punctuation normalized, diction simplified, and lines adjusted - drastically bowdlerized versions of her poems which represent not what she wrote but what her earlier editors felt would be more acceptable to readers. So make sure that you get one of the more recent accurate editions (recommended for new readers is Item #1 on this list). And please click the rating button on the right if you find this list helpful."
"All 1789 poems expertly edited by R. W. Franklin and based on his Variorum Edition (Item #3), this is the finest edition of the complete poems for the ordinary reader. The hardbound edition is sturdily bound in full cloth, stitched so that it opens flat, and beautifully printed on smooth high-quality paper."
"R. W. Franklin's abridged edition of Item #1 contains a substantial selection of Emily Dickinson's finest poems. Most readers are likely to find all of their favorites here. Read what ED wrote, and not what earlier editors turned her poems into."
"Edited by R. W. Franklin, three beautifully produced volumes in 1654 pages, sturdily bound in half cloth, stitched, and well-printed on excellent paper. Features accurate texts of 1789 poems with full scholarly apparatus: provenance, notes indicating where line-breaks occur in the manuscript texts of the poems, variants, publishing history, etc. See my review."
"Photographic facsimiles of all the handwritten poems ED copied and bound into forty fascicles, tiny hand-stitched manuscript-books that she squirreled away in her room and that were not to be discovered until after her death, along with fifteen sets of unbound poems. Imagine having what Shakespeare actually wrote in his own hand! See my review."
"Expertly edited by Thomas H. Johnson for the general reader; remains important if only because its 'Johnson numbers' 1-1775 remain the preferred way of referring to the poems and are used in almost all books about ED and her work. Gives the texts of the 1775 poems as printed in his 1955 variorum but without the scholarly apparatus. Like Franklin, gives us accurate texts."
"Though containing only a fraction of her letter output, this is the fullest collection of what remains. Gives 1049 letters along with 124 prose fragments - all that survives of her enormous output. See my review, 'Were ED's letters every bit as great an artistic achievement as her poems?'"
"Sewall's urbane, balanced, extremely well-written and well-illustrated magnum opus and the standard biography - a huge repository of almost everything that is known about ED and those around her - in a one-volume reprint of the original award-winnning two-volume edition published in 1974. After reading it you feel that you really know these people."
"A superb and indispensable collection of recent studies. Many gems here. To name just one, Robert Weisbuch's 'Prisming Dickinson, or Gathering Paradise by Letting Go' is astoundingly perceptive. See my review: 'Don't pass this one up! It's a gem!'"
"Another valuable collection of modern critical essays. Here, among others not to be missed, are Suzanne Juhasz's 'The Landscape of the Spirit,' Kamilla Denham's 'Emily Dickinson's Volcanic Punctuation,' and, most especially, Jerome McGann's important 'Emily Dickinson's Visible Language.' See my review, 'True art escapes categories.'"
"Intelligent, illuminating, and one of the finest critical studies of ED's poems ever to appear. Weisbuch's analyses will simply blow you away! Currently out-of-print but well worth tracking down a used copy."
"The great Indian Buddhist philosopher, Nagarjuna, tells us that:
When buddhas don't appear And their followers are gone, The wisdom of awakening Bursts forth by itself.
To fully understand ED one needs to realize that she was writing from an enlightened or non-dualist point-of-view. R. C. Allen's fine study of ED's poems will clue you in as to just what that means. See my review."
"ED's library held treasured and well-thumbed copies of both the 1828 and 1841 editions of Webster. These early editions are important because many words have changed their meanings considerably since ED's time. See my review. See also the online Emily Dickinson Lexicon at http://edl.byu.edu/index.php"
"Will, besides much else, save you many hours of searching and wondering just where a specific line or word occurred, or how many times ED used a given word. See my review, 'For the student of ED who has almost everything'."
"'Encyclopedia' seems a bit grandiose for this over-priced, small, unillustrated, and biased though occasionally useful book. See my review, 'Skimpy, squeaky-clean orthodox, and a big disappointment'."