Digitizing Dickinson (and Shakespeare)

In keeping with Amherst’s motto, Terras Irradient, the new Amherst College Press is part of a broader effort at the college to make in­formation more widely available online.

The Folger Shakespeare Library (which is administered under the auspices of Amherst) has just released—online and for free—“meticulously edited” versions of the 12 most popular Shakespeare plays. Folger Director Michael Witmore believes the texts will become “the electronic edition of record for Shakespeare’s plays.” More digitized plays and poems are forthcoming.

The Clue Is in Emily's Eyes

By William Sweet

Imagine having the whole world judge you on a single snapshot—one taken when you were 16.
It sounds like the beginning of some cringe-inducing Facebook horror story, but in this case it’s the story of the enigmatic Emily Dickinson.

A New Face for the Belle of Amherst?

Submitted on Thursday, 9/13/2012, at 3:42 PM

by William Sweet

Imagine having the whole world judge you on a single snapshot—one taken when you were 16.

Visit the Emily Dickinson Museum

Dwell in Possibility: Big Ideas on Little Houses

Submitted on Wednesday, 5/9/2012, at 9:33 AM

At first glance, it looks like a tiny housing development has cropped up in the environs of the Emily Dickinson Museum. The 40 little white houses are like the words of the poet herself: carefully prepared, diligently arranged and deceptively spare. There aren’t any tiny people living here, though—just big ideas.

Visit the Emily Dickinson Museum

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After hearing that a plaster ceiling in Emily Dickinson's house had collapsed, Garrison Keillor asked how he could help. His Dec.

Extreme Haircut, Home Edition

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The Homestead in mid-summer, after the new hemlocks had been planted and much of the fencing installed. The new hemlock hedge, now only 3 feet high, will eventually stand about 2 feet taller than the fence.