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The New York Times and Havard Gazette Marta Werner, PhD

The New York Times and Harvard Gazette interview DYC expert about Emily Dickinson

Buffalo, New York – October 30, 2013 – An article in The New York Times and Harvard Gazette, about the new online Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA), quotes Marta L. Werner, PhD, professor of English in D'Youville College's Department of Liberal Arts.

The article titled “Enigmatic Dickinson Revealed Online” by Jennifer Schuessler reported on the new online Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA) made public Wednesday, October 23. It brings together “on a single open access Web site thousands of manuscripts held by Harvard University, Amherst College, the Boston Public Library and five other institutions.”

Dr. Werner commented on Harvard’s decision to limit the digital archive to manuscripts relating to the 1,789 poems in a 1998 publication by the Harvard University Press.

“She was continually challenging the boundaries of genre,” Werner said. “She was someone who wrote all the time, and by the end she was writing on everything.”

Harvard financed the two-year project that is designed to make scholarship easier. “It was an immensely complex task,” Werner said in the Harvard Gazette of the efforts to bring the collaborating institutions together.

Dr. Werner is a member of the EDA Board and the creator of “Radical Scatters,” a 1999 digital project based on Dickinson’s fragments from after 1875 called “scraps.”
She is nationally recognized for her work on the writings of Dickinson and Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne.

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