1830 - 1886

Emily Dickenson was born in Amherst Massachusetts to a successful family with strong community ties and lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she studied at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she spent a short time at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst.

Like her poetry, Dickenson's relationship to the world was intensely reticent.  For the last twenty years of her life she rarely left the house. Although most of her acquaintances were probably aware of Dickinson's writing, it was not until after her death when Lavinia, Emily's younger sister, discovered her cache of poems and the breadth of Dickinson's work became apparent.

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