American Lit Podcast #7 Emily Dickinson — Publication History

The first volume edited by Mrs. Todd and Colonel Higginson sold extremely well, with multiple runs selling out and more books being printed out several times in a few months. Within a few years, a second volume of poems, two-volume collection of Emily’s letters (presumably the ones Emily had sent to other people, who dug them out of their own drawers and volunteered them to the editors now that their…

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American Lit Podcast #6 Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (4 of 4)

Hawthorne takes a moment to explain that the Puritans in New England weren’t all drab and bitter; most were native Englishmen, who back in the old country were merry and joyful, and today’s holiday brings back the merriment they must have remembered, even though we don’t see it otherwise.     “Their immediate posterity,” Hawthorne tells us, “the generation next to the early emigrants, wore the blackest shade of Puritanism, and so…