Today, Emily Dickinson is considered not only one of America's greatest poets, but one of the world's great women poets. Yet fame, and even recognition, as a poet eluded her in her lifetime. Although she wrote more than seventeen hundred poems, they languished, almost destined to be forgotten, until after her death in 1886 when her sister Lavinia found a box containing the poems. Lavinia then persuaded Mabel Loomis Todd, the wife of an Amherst College professor, to help her get the poems published. She in turn called upon Thomas Wentworth Higginson, an essayist and man of letters with whom Dickinson had an ongoing correspondence, to aid her in editing them. Todd and Higginson brought out three volumes of Dickinson's verse between 1890 and 1896. These editions caused a sensation in America's literary community and marked the beginning of Dickinson's ever-growing reputation and worldwide fame. This collection contains selections from the three original volumes edited by Higginson and Todd.