Berkeley: North Atlantic Press, (1985). Octavo, original red and black printed wrappers with cover photograph of Emily Dickinson. Two pages in Dickinson's hand provided in facsimile, bibliography and index at rear. Inscribed on title page: “Susan Howe / with affection -- / Denver Colorado / 1993.” Lightest edgewear to wrappers.
First edition, paperback issue, of poet Susan Howe's groundbreaking critical exploration of Emily Dickinson: part invocation, part scholarship, part commonplace book. Tracing Dickinson's active life of reading, and focusing in particular on her untitled poem beginning “My Life had stood -- a Loaded Gun,” Howe uncovers resonances with the Puritans, William Shakespeare, Emily Brontë, John Brown, and Daniel Boone. “In prose and in poetry she explored the implications of breaking the law just short of breaking off communication with a reader.” A near-fine copy of a modern classic, inscribed by Susan Howe.