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"Without touching her she drew from me," her first editor, Thomas Higginson, wrote.
And Brenda Wineapple has a wonderful book called "White Heat" about Dickinson's relationship with Thomas Higginson.
Emily Dickinson and Thomas Higginson, seven years apart, had been raised in a climate where old pieties no longer sufficed, the piers of faith were brittle, and God was hard to find.
Of the other three, Theodore Parker was dying in Europe; Thomas Higginson, the most militant of the Six, stayed put and tried, with Sanborn, to organise Brown's escape (see Note 62); Gerrit Smith went temporarily mad and spent six weeks in an asylum.
Francis Skelton to be their pastor and Thomas Higginson their teacher.