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White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson

White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson

As the Civil War raged, an unlikely friendship was born between the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a literary figure who ran guns to Kansas and commanded the first Union regiment of black soldiers. When Dickinson sent Higginson four of her poems he realized he had encountered a wholly original genius; their intense correspondence continued for the next quarter century.

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Letter

Part One: Before

Chapter 2: Thomas Wentworth Higginson: Without a Little Crack Somewhere

Chapter 3: Emily Dickinson: If I Live, I Will Go to Amherst

Chapter 4: Emily Dickinson: Write! Comrade, Write!

Chapter 5: Thomas Wentworth Higginson: Liberty Is Aggressive

Part Two: During

Chapter 6: Nature Is a Haunted House

Chapter 7: Intensely Human

Chapter 8: Agony Is Frugal

Chapter 9: No Other Way

Chapter 10: Her Deathless Syllable

Chapter 11: The Realm of You

Chapter 12: Moments of Preface

Chapter 13: Things That Never Can Come Back

Chapter 14: Monarch of Dreams

Chapter 15: Pugilist and Poet

Chapter 16: Rendezvous of Light

Part Three: Beyond the Dip of Bell

Chapter 17: Poetry of the Portfolio

Chapter 18: Me—Come! My Dazzled Face

Chapter 19: Because I Could Not Stop

Notes

Selected Bibliography