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XVI: the crowning years In 1889, Colonel Higginson began what proved to be a four years task of editing, with Mrs. Mabel Loomis Todd of Amherst, Emily Dickinson's poems and letters. Of this work he wrote Mrs. Todd:— I can't tell you how much I am enjoying the poems. There are many new to me which take my breath away.
mily Dickinson, but take from me a living companionship I shall miss. After the volume of letters was published, of which Mrs. Todd was the principal editor, Colonel Higginson wrote to her November 29, 1894:—
Emily has arrived.
They sent her to Sever's book store where I rarely go and where she might have hid forever in a cu door or under the piano cover?
Well! what an encyclopaedia of strange gifts she was.
During these years of fascinating though strenuous editorial labor, Colonel Higginson was also engaged on various pieces of original work.
He wrote in July, 1890:—
I am now to correct proof of three books– Epictetus, American Sonnets a