The Emily Dickinson Reader: An English-to-English Translation of Emily Dickinson's Complete Poems

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Perfect for the poetry fan who is short on time, The Emily Dickinson Reader offers Paul Legault’s ingenious and madcap one-line renderings of each of Dickinson’s 1,789 poems.

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Take that familiar chestnut, #314, a la Legault: "Hope is kind of like birds. In that I don’t have any." Or the classic hymn, #615: "God likes to watch."

As Dickinson herself said in #769 (basically, via our translator): "This dead person used to be a person!"—and The Emily Dickinson Reader is here to tell you what that person meant.

"You know the kind of joke that's super-hilarious but also points in some genius way to the whole thing of the universe? Like that." -Daniel Handler

"If Emily Dickinson had a Tumblr, these witty one-liners are what she'd be posting...You'll want to not only display this one on your coffee table, but also read it from start to finish." -Marie Claire

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Author Paul Legault
Publisher McSweeney's Books
Page Count 248pp
Publication Size 5.25 x 7.25
Publication Notes hardcover
Publication Date August 14, 2012
ISBN 978-1936365982

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