Author: Michael Bedard

Illustrator: Barbara Cooney


BEDARD, Michael. Emily. Pictures by Barbara Cooney. [NY: Doubleday, 1992]. Oblong 4to, [40]pp. Beige  quarter-cloth stamped in gold with blue-gray boards pictorially blind-stamped. Pale yellow endpapers; color illustrations on nearly every page. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket. Signed by the artist, two-time Caldecott Medalist Barbara Cooney.

First edition. What if your neighbor were the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson? And what if one day she sent a letter inviting your mother to pay her a visit? A little girl who lives across the street from the mysterious Emily gets a chance to meet the poet when her mother goes to play the piano for her. There, the girl sneaks a gift up to Emily, who listens from the landing, and in return, Emily gives the girl a precious gift of her own — the gift of poetry.