During the 1850s, Emily's strongest and most affectionate relationship was with her sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert . Emily eventually sent her over three hundred letters, more than to any other correspondent, over the course of their friendship. Susan was supportive of the poet, playing the role of "most beloved friend, influence, muse, and adviser" whose editorial suggestions Dickinson sometimes followed, Sue played a primary role in Emily's creative processes."  Sue married Austin in 1856 after a four-year courtship, though their marriage was not a happy one. Edward Dickinson built a house for Austin and Sue naming it the Evergreens , a stand of which was located on the west side of the Homestead.  There is controversy over how to view Emily's friendship with Susan; according to a point of view first promoted by Mabel Loomis Todd, Austin's longtime mistress, Emily's missives typically dealt with demands for Sue's affection and the fear of unrequited admiration. Todd believed that because Sue was often aloof and disagreeable, Emily was continually hurt by what was mostly a tempestuous friendship.  However, the notion of a "cruel" Susan—as promoted by her romantic rival—has been questioned, most especially by Sue and Austin's surviving children, with whom Emily was close. 
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Recent publications include “Ah, Poor Our Sex! This Fault in Us I Find”: Rhetorical Silences and Cressida’s Recalcitrance in Troilus and Cressida . in Shaping Shakespeare for Performance (Fairleigh Dickenson Press, Fall 2015). Also, The Drama as Rhetorical Critique: Language, Bodies and Power in Angels in America in Rhetoric Review , Fall 2014. Dr Harris Ramsby is also a consultant on Shakespeare and Rhetoric for the Shakespeare Internet Editions.