“Mr. Higginson,
Are you too deeply occupied to say if my Verse is alive?”

— Emily Dickinson to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 15 April 1862 [L260]

When Emily Dickinson asked her tentative question in 1862, she needed to know if her poetic voice quickened hearts and minds. Today we know the answer — “Yes, Miss Dickinson, your verse is alive!” Her poems are read and loved around the world, enriching countless lives.

With your support, the Emily Dickinson Museum has become the essential place for study, work, and play in the Dickinson world through innovative programming as well as guided tours of the Dickinson houses and gardens. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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