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Emily Dickinson
The Indicator: A Literary Periodical Conducted by the Students of Amherst College.
The Editors/Amherst, 1850. Octavo. Half-brown calf over contemporary marbled boards, red speckled edges, a well done rebacking, and some rubbing to extremities. Woodcut vignette to title page - minor toning and offsetting, a few stray spots otherwise remarkably crisp and clean. Fine. Custom clamshell case. ** Dickinson's first published work and one of the very few that appeared within her lifetime - a tour de force of a valentine(pp. 223-4). ** "Sir, I desire an interview; meet me at sunrise, or sunset, or the new moon -the place is immaterial." ** Published anonymously, it appeared in the February 1850 issue of Amherst College's student literary magazine, The Indicator. With a publication lifespan of only 3 years, and annual student enrollment of between 166 and 182, the circulation would surely have been quite small. This copy signed on the title page by James Buckland a classmate of Emily s brother, Austin. ** The valentine was likely intended for George Gould, an editor of the magazine. Of modest background, relying on the Charity Fund to pay for school, the lanky 6 8 Gould was regarded as one of the most promising stars of Amherst. He was a classmate, friend, and fraternity brother of Austin and was also a visitor to the Dickinson household between 1849-1852. ** It was a witty send-up of classical learning, biblical rhetoric, current political oratory, and discourses on romantic friendship. The identity of the anonymous author was no secret, since Emily, giving herself away, mentions in the verse her dog, Carlo, the black Newfoundland her father gave her that winter. … [Click Below for Full Description]
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