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Pencil Sketches: Dickinson / Walser

Pencil Sketches: Dickinson / Walser

Pencil Sketches: Dickinson / Walser


DICKINSON / WALSER. Pencil Sketches: Dickinson / Walser

Pap. The Drawing Center. 2013

Book ID: 96135

This publication brings together Robert Walser's microscripts and Emily Dickinson's poem manuscripts for the first time. Although Walser, who was born shortly before Dickinson died, was most likely unaware of her work, both writers were obsessively private as well as peculiarly attentive to the visual dimension of their texts. Walser wrote in tiny, inscrutable script on narrow strips of paper using an antiquated German alphabet that was long considered indecipherable. Only recently have these scripts been shown to consist of early drafts of the author's published texts. Similarly, Dickinson fitted her poetic fragments to carefully torn pieces of envelope or stationery, which were discovered among her posthumous papers. (W.G. Sebald called Walser a "clairvoyant of the small," and this description might apply to Dickinson as well.) Rarely in literature has the manner in which words are made been so integral to the way they might be read.

134 pp.