How cool is that? To have a circus parade by just outside your bedroom window!
Dickinson's niece Martha Dickinson Bianchi wrote about the incident in her 1936 book "The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson." See below -- and also click HERE.
I did not see a circus parade this summer; however I did stumble upon two vacant carnivals -- and I too was thrilled by their wild vagrancy and pathos (though there were no signs of "utter sophistication").