Roger Durrett is our second place winner! (Roger--contact me off-list with
your mailing address and tell me which book you want).
The first place winner, who replied with the correct answers in
record-breaking time off-list, is Sharon McCoy.
It is possible that Steve Courtney's answers are correct, and that Henry
Ward Beecher met ED, but I'm still trying to hunt down proof of their
having met. Beecher visited the Evergreens (the home of Emily's brother
Austin who lived next door to her) several times, but as those familiar with
her biography already know, that alone doesn't make the case since she
didn't bother to meet many famous people who visited her brother, and often
hid upstairs when visitors came to her father's home. Twain met Beecher
quite a few times, first in NY, and later in Hartford. If anybody can
document a meeting between ED and Beecher then Steve also gets a book and
we'll add a fourth name to the roster of mutual friends of Sam and Emily.
PS: The full text of ED's poem "I heard a fly buzz when I died" is widely
available online. You are welcome to compare it with my far superior version
in which the fly dies instead of the narrator, and some Twain gets read.
I've stuffed the original manuscript of my poem into my dresser drawer along
with the other 2,000 poems I've written on the fly.
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----- Original Message -----
From: <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2010 7:14 AM
Subject: Re: Three pals of Emily & Sam
> OK, Kevin, I'm going to give it another go --
> 1. Thomas Wentworth Higginson -- met with Emily Dickinson twice. The 1st
> she greeted him with two day lilies. He wrote for The Atlantic, and
> the first black regiment of Civil War troops, which took Jacksonsville
> with five
> steamboats. He met Twain in 1905 through the Dublin Society and they
> friends. Higginson critiqued Dickinson's poems and corresponded with her
> for years.
> They first met at Dickinson's father's house in Amherst on August 16,
> 2. Samuel Bowles -- began as an "intern" at his father's paper, The
> Republican, which he took over and made his career when his father died.
> Published some of Dickinson' poems. In October of 1868, SLC and Sam
> Bowles met face-to-face in Springfield, Mass. where Twain later related
> the Alta California that Bowles' interest in the Pacific area "remains
> unabated." *
> *note: from Barb Schmidt's site, www.twainquotes.com , which cited the
> Mark Twain's Letters, Volume 3, 1869, p.267. Dickinson first met Bowles
> at The Evergreens, the house in Amherst in which her older brother
> and his wife Susan, lived. They had married in 1856, and Bowles was
> first house-guest. Also, he is the candidate some favor as being the
> of DIckinson's romantic life, if such a state ever actually existed.
> 3. Charles Wadsworth -- a Presbyterian minister in Philadelphia, and
> often hinted
> at as being the other possible love interest in Emily Dickinson's life.
> He met her
> in 1855 when she made a trip to Philadelphia to seek treatment for
> eye problems. In 1862 Wadsworth moved to San Francisco. On April 6,
> Twain gave a speech to the Literary Society at Wadsworth's church, at
> time, I am assuming, hopefully correctly, that they met face-to-face.
> Fun contest, once again. Thanks for the challenge.
> Roger Durrett
> Charlotte, NC
> In a message dated 8/7/2010 7:39:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> That's two out of three (I'm not saying which two) but you need to
> the details of how/when/where they met face-to-face...
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Steve Courtney" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2010 6:20 PM
> Subject: Three pals of Emily & Sam
>> Kevin -- Thomas W. Higginson=2C Henry Ward Beecher=2C Samuel Bowles? --
>> ards=2C Steve
>> Steve Courtney
>> 7 Union St.
>> Terryville=2C CT 06786
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