Jen Bervin

The Gorgeous Nothings Book

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The Gorgeous Nothings by Jen Bervin and Marta Werner is the first full-color facsimile trade book of Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts.

This beautiful hardcover trade book includes full-scale reproductions of Dickinson’s late writings, presenting this crucially important, experimental body of work exactly as she wrote it, on carefully deconstructed scraps of envelopes, each accompanied by a transcription to facilitate reading of the original. This affordable, thoughtfully produced book offers a glimpse into the process of one of our most important poets.

In the preface, Susan Howe, author of My Emily Dickinson, writes, “The Gorgeous Nothings claims our attention with a new Emily Dickinson. This edition itself is a work of art.” In The New York Times, Holland Cotter writes that “the first and immediate shocks are—breathtaking!—from this most shocking of poets: in the words, with other, lingering, aftershocks following in the visual details of their settings. The great thing about this indispensable book is, of course, that it gives us all of this, complete.”