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About Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson wrote, “Why clasp any hand but this?”

In addition to wanting to "clasp Shakespeare's hand," Dickinson wrote, "Why is any other book needed?" Readers have felt that way for centuries. His plays are performed more than any other writer's. His sonnets set the standard for all poetry that came after. His writing has been translated into every major language and is taught in every school. "Wild-goose chase." "Green-eyed monster." "Love is blind." "Break the ice." Shakespeare coined them all. And many other expressions we use every day. There is a monument to him in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. But he lies buried in Stratford-upon-Avon, his bones protected by a curse from being disturbed. Shakespeare is, not surprisingly, one of our most popular stickers. It is made of...

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Emily Dickinson in the Snow

A photo sent to us by Harley Spiller. Harley is from Amherst, NY, not Amherst, MA, but he's a big Emily Dickinson fan nonetheless. Thanks for sending the snap, Harley. If you have a photo of your Literary Location sticker in situ, send it along. We'd love to post it, too. Along with his photo, Harley sent along the following winter-appropriate Dickinson poem, "There's a certain Slant of light": There's a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons – That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes –   Heavenly Hurt, it gives us – We can find no scar, But internal difference – Where the Meanings, are –   None may teach it – Any – 'Tis the seal Despair – An imperial affliction Sent us...

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