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A source of information on the poet's life and works, her letters and manuscripts, the cultural climate of her times, her reception and influence, and the current state of Dickinson scholarship. Comprises 22 essays reflecting the many facets of the poet's oeuvre, as well as principal trends in Dickinson studies. Topics include themes in her poetry, Dickinson and the visual arts, the poet's critical reception, and her dialogic voice. Each essay presents a historical overview of the subject under scrutiny and offers detailed discussion. Unlike encyclopedic entries, each essay also reflects the contributor's distinct and at times controversial point of view. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.