Emily Dickinson
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Emily Dickinson
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she 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.
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LIVES; Lives: Restarting From Scratch
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I’m not your typical undergraduate. I am a 46-year-old wife and mother with three adult children. Depending on how you count, I may be twice as old as the traditional students or essentially the same age as they are. After all, my life as I know it began 23 years ago, when, in a freakish accident, I was hit in the head by a ceiling fan in our
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Poway Resident Takes Old-Time Photos—the Old-Time Way - Patch.com
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TwainFest is a festive, expansive celebration of Mark Twain and other 19 th century writers (Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edgar Allan Poe), with family and community events for young and old: from a
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Wearing Emily Dickinson, Wearing Her Words - About - News & Issues
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Philip Jenks would, and did, and chose Emily Dickinson: Philip Jenks is a poet and university lit lecturer who has devoted the skin of his whole back to a tattoo portrait of Emily Dickinson... “It's a large, powerful image that he'll occasionally
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Saturday, Aug. 27 - Advocate Weekly
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Triple Shadow, "The Belle of Amherst," performed by Mari Andrejco as Emily Dickinson and directed by Beth Skinner, in which the audience experiences Dickinson's poetry as newly created thoughts reflecting the New England landscape and a quieter,
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Belle of Amherst: Double Vision - The Skinny
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Rather than join this race, Kathleen Ann Thompson takes her time to tell the story of revered poet Emily Dickinson over the course of two shows; one drama, one dance, performed on alternate nights. Thomson is fragile onstage, genuinely breathless at
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20 at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St. This celebration of Mark Twain, and other writers of the 19th century (Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edgar Allan Poe and others) will be read
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'Wilfred' recap - Anger - TheCelebrityCafe.com
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It opened with a quote by Emily Dickinson: “Anger as soon as fed is dead – tis starving makes it fat.” The episode opens with a flashback of a young Ryan, probably around 10-years-old, running around looking for his dog, Sneakers
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Western Mass.: History and hiking converge - Richmond Times Dispatch
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Emily Dickinson Museum: 280 Main St., Amherst, Mass.; www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org or (413) 542-8161. By: Times-Dispatch Staff The Associated Press Some tourist attractions can be easily experienced by taking in a scenic view or driving along a famous
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Emily Dickinson talks about her poetry at the High Plains Chautauqua event - Greeley Tribune
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Emily Dickinson, played by Debra Conner, speaks to a crowd on the Aims Community College campus as part of the 12th annual High Plains Chautauqua Wednesday night. Dickinson, sometimes called the first modern poet for her departure from
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Where Are The Biopics About Powerful American Women? - Think Progress
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If you want Terrence Malick to make something dreamy, what about Emily Dickinson? Something sensationalistic, fun, and quietly feminist? Do Annie Oakley. I'ma nerdy Anglophile, and there are a lot of awesome British women. But it's funny that we tell
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Arts around the Mid-coast; July 8, 2011 - Times Record
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HARPSWELL — The life of Emily Dickinson, a great American writer and eccentric recluse, will come into focus in Harpswell as actress Marion Jeffery presents the critically acclaimed one-woman show “The Belle of Amherst” starting Tuesday
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Professor presents a new take on Emily Dickinson - Spartanburg Herald Journal
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Converse music professor Scott Robbins and recent master's graduate Donna Gallagher teamed up for an original CD that is set to the poems of Emily Dickinson. Buy Photo ALEX C. HICKS JR./alex.hicks@shj.com By Dan Armonaitis Converse College music
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Emily Dickinson and "these modern literati" - Los Angeles Times
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"Emily Dickinson's Letters" is a charming, 4-inch by six-inch pocket book from Everyman's Library with a shiny golden ribbon placeholder. The book doesn't bother itself with completism -- her letters are excerpted -- nor does it get bogged down with
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Kate Atkinson: Week One: Interview - Telegraph.co.uk
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As soul mates go, Kate Atkinson and Emily Dickinson are an unlikely pair. Atkinson laughs non-stop, talks faster than a getaway car, has husbands and grandchildren under her belt, plus eight novels and a collection of short stories
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The Sacred Power Of Hope - Huffington Post (blog)
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Emily Dickinson wrote the famous line, "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all." I first encountered this poem while in junior high. I recall the teacher comparing hope to the
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2011 RFT Music Awards Winners: Best New Band: Dots Not Feathers - Riverfront Times
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Those harmonies can soar and dip sweetly, even as the heavy fuzz and bonk of a synth suggest it has spent as much time on vintage video games as reading up on its Emily Dickinson. Even playing a post-twilight set on a patio, the sound was always sunny
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Harvard makes Emily Dickinson Bible available online - Examiner.com
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Harvard makes Emily Dickinson Bible available online -- Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts has announced that it has made one of its valuable literary artifacts available online for scholars and interested readers
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Emily Dickinson
    FIFTIES
  • 1886
    Age 55
    On May 15, 1886, after several days of worsening symptoms, Emily Dickinson died at the age of 55.
    More Details Hide Details Austin wrote in his diary that "the day was awful... she ceased to breathe that terrible breathing just before the afternoon whistle sounded for six." Dickinson's chief physician gave the cause of death as Bright's disease and its duration as two and a half years. Dickinson was buried, laid in a white coffin with vanilla-scented heliotrope, a Lady's Slipper orchid, and a "knot of blue field violets" placed about it. The funeral service, held in the Homestead's library, was simple and short; Higginson, who had met her only twice, read "No Coward Soul Is Mine", a poem by Emily Brontë that had been a favorite of Dickinson's. At Dickinson's request, her "coffin was not driven but carried through fields of buttercups" for burial in the family plot at West Cemetery on Triangle Street. Despite Dickinson's prolific writing, fewer than a dozen of her poems were published during her lifetime. After her younger sister Lavinia discovered the collection of nearly 1800 poems, Dickinson's first volume was published four years after her death. Until Thomas H. Johnson published Dickinson's Complete Poems in 1955, Dickinson's poems were considerably edited and altered from their manuscript versions. Since 1890 Dickinson has remained continuously in print.
  • 1885
    Age 54
    On November 30, 1885, her feebleness and other symptoms were so worrying that Austin canceled a trip to Boston.
    More Details Hide Details She was confined to her bed for a few months, but managed to send a final burst of letters in the spring. What is thought to be her last letter was sent to her cousins, Louise and Frances Norcross, and simply read: "Little Cousins, Called Back. Emily".
  • 1884
    Age 53
    As death succeeded death, Dickinson found her world upended. In the fall of 1884, she wrote that "The Dyings have been too deep for me, and before I could raise my Heart from one, another has come."
    More Details Hide Details That summer she had seen "a great darkness coming" and fainted while baking in the kitchen. She remained unconscious late into the night and weeks of ill health followed.
  • 1882
    Age 51
    Dickinson's mother died on November 14, 1882.
    More Details Hide Details Five weeks later, Dickinson wrote "We were never intimate... while she was our Mother – but Mines in the same Ground meet by tunneling and when she became our Child, the Affection came." The next year, Austin and Sue's third and youngest child, Gilbert—Emily's favorite—died of typhoid fever.
    Two years before this, on April 1, 1882, Dickinson's "Shepherd from 'Little Girl'hood", Charles Wadsworth, also had died after a long illness.
    More Details Hide Details Although she continued to write in her last years, Dickinson stopped editing and organizing her poems. She also exacted a promise from her sister Lavinia to burn her papers. Lavinia, who also never married, remained at the Homestead until her own death in 1899. The 1880s were a difficult time for the remaining Dickinsons. Irreconcilably alienated from his wife, Austin fell in love in 1882 with Mabel Loomis Todd, an Amherst College faculty wife who had recently moved to the area. Todd never met Dickinson but was intrigued by her, referring to her as "a lady whom the people call the Myth". Austin distanced himself from his family as his affair continued and his wife became sick with grief.
  • FORTIES
  • 1880
    Age 49
    In 1880 he gave her Cowden Clarke's Complete Concordance to Shakespeare (1877).
    More Details Hide Details Dickinson wrote that "While others go to Church, I go to mine, for are you not my Church, and have we not a Hymn that no one knows but us?" She referred to him as "My lovely Salem" and they wrote to each other religiously every Sunday. Dickinson looked forward to this day greatly; a surviving fragment of a letter written by her states that "Tuesday is a deeply depressed Day". After being critically ill for several years, Judge Lord died in March 1884. Dickinson referred to him as "our latest Lost".
  • 1877
    Age 46
    After the death of Lord's wife in 1877, his friendship with Dickinson probably became a late-life romance, though as their letters were destroyed, this is surmised.
    More Details Hide Details Dickinson found a kindred soul in Lord, especially in terms of shared literary interests; the few letters which survived contain multiple quotations of Shakespeare's work, including the plays Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet and King Lear.
  • 1874
    Age 43
    On June 16, 1874, while in Boston, Edward Dickinson suffered a stroke and died.
    More Details Hide Details When the simple funeral was held in the Homestead's entrance hall, Emily stayed in her room with the door cracked open. Neither did she attend the memorial service on June 28. She wrote to Higginson that her father's "Heart was pure and terrible and I think no other like it exists." A year later, on June 15, 1875, Emily's mother also suffered a stroke, which produced a partial lateral paralysis and impaired memory. Lamenting her mother's increasing physical as well as mental demands, Emily wrote that "Home is so far from Home".
  • 1872
    Age 41
    Otis Phillips Lord, an elderly judge on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from Salem, in 1872 or 1873 became an acquaintance of Dickinson's.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1869
    Age 38
    Although the household servant of nine years, Margaret O Brien, had married and left the Homestead that same year, it was not until 1869 that her family brought in a permanent household servant, Margaret Maher, to replace the old one.
    More Details Hide Details Emily once again was responsible for chores, including the baking, at which she excelled.
  • 1868
    Age 37
    When Higginson urged her to come to Boston in 1868 so that they could formally meet for the first time, she declined, writing: "Could it please your convenience to come so far as Amherst I should be very glad, but I do not cross my Father's ground to any House or town".
    More Details Hide Details It was not until he came to Amherst in 1870 that they met. Later he referred to her, in the most detailed and vivid physical account of her on record, as "a little plain woman with two smooth bands of reddish hair... in a very plain & exquisitely clean white pique & a blue net worsted shawl." He also felt that he never was "with any one who drained my nerve power so much. Without touching her, she drew from me. I am glad not to live near her." Scholar Judith Farr notes that Dickinson, during her lifetime, "was known more widely as a gardener, perhaps, than as a poet". Dickinson studied botany from the age of nine and, along with her sister, tended the garden at Homestead. During her lifetime, she assembled a collection of pressed plants in a sixty-six page leather-bound herbarium. It contained 424 pressed flower specimens that she collected, classified, and labeled using the Linnaean system. The Homestead garden was well-known and admired locally in its time. It has not survived but efforts to revive it have begun. Dickinson kept no garden notebooks or plant lists, but a clear impression can be formed from the letters and recollections of friends and family. Her niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi, remembered "carpets of lily-of-the-valley and pansies, platoons of sweetpeas, hyacinths, enough in May to give all the bees of summer dyspepsia.
  • 1867
    Age 36
    Around this time, Dickinson's behavior began to change. She did not leave the Homestead unless it was absolutely necessary and as early as 1867, she began to talk to visitors from the other side of a door rather than speaking to them face to face.
    More Details Hide Details She acquired local notoriety; she was rarely seen, and when she was, she was usually clothed in white. Dickinson's one surviving article of clothing is a white cotton dress, possibly sewn circa 1878–1882. Few of the locals who exchanged messages with Dickinson during her last fifteen years ever saw her in person. Austin and his family began to protect Emily's privacy, deciding that she was not to be a subject of discussion with outsiders. Despite her physical seclusion, however, Dickinson was socially active and expressive through what makes up two-thirds of her surviving notes and letters. When visitors came to either the Homestead or the Evergreens, she would often leave or send over small gifts of poems or flowers. Dickinson also had a good rapport with the children in her life. Mattie Dickinson, the second child of Austin and Sue, later said that "Aunt Emily stood for indulgence." MacGregor (Mac) Jenkins, the son of family friends who later wrote a short article in 1891 called "A Child's Recollection of Emily Dickinson", thought of her as always offering support to the neighborhood children.
  • 1866
    Age 35
    In direct opposition to the immense productivity that she displayed in the early 1860s, Dickinson wrote fewer poems in 1866.
    More Details Hide Details Beset with personal loss as well as loss of domestic help, Dickinson may have been too overcome to keep up her previous level of writing. Carlo died during this time after providing sixteen years of companionship; Dickinson never owned another dog.
  • 1862
    Age 31
    Dickinson valued his advice, going from calling him "Mr. Higginson" to "Dear friend" as well as signing her letters, "Your Gnome" and "Your Scholar". His interest in her work certainly provided great moral support; many years later, Dickinson told Higginson that he had saved her life in 1862.
    More Details Hide Details They corresponded until her death, but her difficulty in expressing her literary needs and a reluctance to enter into a cooperative exchange left Higginson nonplussed; he did not press her to publish in subsequent correspondence. Dickinson's own ambivalence on the matter militated against the likelihood of publication. Literary critic Edmund Wilson, in his review of Civil War literature, surmised that "with encouragement, she would certainly have published".
    Dickinson's decision to contact Higginson suggests that by 1862 she was contemplating publication and that it may have become increasingly difficult to write poetry without an audience.
    More Details Hide Details Seeking literary guidance that no one close to her could provide, Dickinson sent him a letter which read in full: The Mind is so near itself – it cannot see, distinctly – and I have none to ask – Should you think it breathed – and had you the leisure to tell me, I should feel quick gratitude – If I make the mistake – that you dared to tell me – would give me sincerer honor – toward you – I enclose my name – asking you, if you please – Sir – to tell me what is true? This highly nuanced and largely theatrical letter was unsigned, but she had included her name on a card and enclosed it in an envelope, along with four of her poems. He praised her work but suggested that she delay publishing until she had written longer, being unaware that she had already appeared in print. She assured him that publishing was as foreign to her "as Firmament to Fin", but also proposed that "If fame belonged to me, I could not escape her". Dickinson delighted in dramatic self-characterization and mystery in her letters to Higginson. She said of herself, "I am small, like the wren, and my hair is bold, like the chestnut bur, and my eyes like the sherry in the glass that the guest leaves." She stressed her solitary nature, stating that her only real companions were the hills, the sundown, and her dog, Carlo.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1858
    Age 27
    It was from 1858 to 1861 that Dickinson is believed to have written a trio of letters that have been called "The Master Letters".
    More Details Hide Details These three letters, drafted to an unknown man simply referred to as "Master", continue to be the subject of speculation and contention amongst scholars. The first half of the 1860s, after she had largely withdrawn from social life, proved to be Dickinson's most productive writing period. Modern scholars and researchers are divided as to the cause for Dickinson's withdrawal and extreme seclusion. While she was diagnosed as having "nervous prostration" by a physician during her lifetime, some today believe she may have suffered from illnesses as various as agoraphobia and epilepsy. In April 1862, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a literary critic, radical abolitionist, and ex-minister, wrote a lead piece for The Atlantic Monthly entitled, "Letter to a Young Contributor". Higginson's essay, in which he urged aspiring writers to "charge your style with life", contained practical advice for those wishing to break into print.
    The forty fascicles she created from 1858 through 1865 eventually held nearly eight hundred poems.
    More Details Hide Details No one was aware of the existence of these books until after her death. In the late 1850s, the Dickinsons befriended Samuel Bowles, the owner and editor-in-chief of the Springfield Republican, and his wife, Mary. They visited the Dickinsons regularly for years to come. During this time Emily sent him over three dozen letters and nearly fifty poems. Their friendship brought out some of her most intense writing and Bowles published a few of her poems in his journal.
    Withdrawing more and more from the outside world, Emily began in the summer of 1858 what would be her lasting legacy.
    More Details Hide Details Reviewing poems she had written previously, she began making clean copies of her work, assembling carefully pieced-together manuscript books.
    Writing to a friend in summer 1858, Emily said that she would visit if she could leave "home, or mother.
    More Details Hide Details I do not go out at all, lest father will come and miss me, or miss some little act, which I might forget, should I run away – Mother is much as usual. I Know not what to hope of her". As her mother continued to decline, Dickinson's domestic responsibilities weighed more heavily upon her and she confined herself within the Homestead. Forty years later, Lavinia stated that because their mother was chronically ill, one of the daughters had to remain always with her. Emily took this role as her own, and "finding the life with her books and nature so congenial, continued to live it".
  • 1856
    Age 25
    Sue married Austin in 1856 after a four-year courtship, though their marriage was not a happy one.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1855
    Age 24
    Despite seeing him only twice after 1855 (he moved to San Francisco in 1862), she variously referred to him as "my Philadelphia", "my Clergyman", "my dearest earthly friend" and "my Shepherd from 'Little Girl'hood".
    More Details Hide Details From the mid-1850s, Emily's mother became effectively bedridden with various chronic illnesses until her death in 1882.
    Until 1855, Dickinson had not strayed far from Amherst.
    More Details Hide Details That spring, accompanied by her mother and sister, she took one of her longest and farthest trips away from home. First, they spent three weeks in Washington, where her father was representing Massachusetts in Congress. Then they went to Philadelphia for two weeks to visit family. In Philadelphia, she met Charles Wadsworth, a famous minister of the Arch Street Presbyterian Church, with whom she forged a strong friendship which lasted until his death in 1882.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1850
    Age 19
    In early 1850, Dickinson wrote that "Amherst is alive with fun this winter...
    More Details Hide Details Oh, a very great town this is!" Her high spirits soon turned to melancholy after another death. The Amherst Academy principal, Leonard Humphrey, died suddenly of "brain congestion" at age 25. Two years after his death, she revealed to her friend Abiah Root the extent of her depression: some of my friends are gone, and some of my friends are sleeping – sleeping the churchyard sleep – the hour of evening is sad – it was once my study hour – my master has gone to rest, and the open leaf of the book, and the scholar at school alone, make the tears come, and I cannot brush them away; I would not if I could, for they are the only tribute I can pay the departed Humphrey. 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."
  • 1849
    Age 18
    Her brother smuggled a copy of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Kavanagh into the house for her (because her father might disapprove) and a friend lent her Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre in late 1849.
    More Details Hide Details Jane Eyres influence cannot be measured, but when Dickinson acquired her first and only dog, a Newfoundland, she named him "Carlo" after the character St. John Rivers' dog. William Shakespeare was also a potent influence in her life. Referring to his plays, she wrote to one friend "Why clasp any hand but this?" and to another, "Why is any other book needed?"
  • 1848
    Age 17
    Whatever the specific reason for leaving Holyoke, her brother Austin appeared on March 25, 1848, to "bring her home at all events".
    More Details Hide Details Back in Amherst, Dickinson occupied her time with household activities. She took up baking for the family and enjoyed attending local events and activities in the budding college town. When she was eighteen, Dickinson's family befriended a young attorney by the name of Benjamin Franklin Newton. According to a letter written by Dickinson after Newton's death, he had been "with my Father two years, before going to Worcester – in pursuing his studies, and was much in our family." Although their relationship was probably not romantic, Newton was a formative influence and would become the second in a series of older men (after Humphrey) that Dickinson referred to, variously, as her tutor, preceptor or master. Newton likely introduced her to the writings of William Wordsworth, and his gift to her of Ralph Waldo Emerson's first book of collected poems had a liberating effect. She wrote later that he, "whose name my Father's Law Student taught me, has touched the secret Spring". Newton held her in high regard, believing in and recognizing her as a poet. When he was dying of tuberculosis, he wrote to her, saying that he would like to live until she achieved the greatness he foresaw. Biographers believe that Dickinson's statement of 1862—"When a little Girl, I had a friend, who taught me Immortality – but venturing too near, himself – he never returned"—refers to Newton.
  • 1847
    Age 16
    During the last year of her stay at the Academy, Emily became friendly with Leonard Humphrey, its popular new young principal. After finishing her final term at the Academy on August 10, 1847, Dickinson began attending Mary Lyon's Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (which later became Mount Holyoke College) in South Hadley, about ten miles (16 km) from Amherst.
    More Details Hide Details She was at the seminary for only ten months. Although she liked the girls at Holyoke, Dickinson made no lasting friendships there. The explanations for her brief stay at Holyoke differ considerably: either she was in poor health, her father wanted to have her at home, she rebelled against the evangelical fervor present at the school, she disliked the discipline-minded teachers, or she was simply homesick.
  • 1845
    Age 14
    In 1845, a religious revival took place in Amherst, resulting in 46 confessions of faith among Dickinson's peers.
    More Details Hide Details Dickinson wrote to a friend the following year: "I never enjoyed such perfect peace and happiness as the short time in which I felt I had found my savior." She went on to say that it was her "greatest pleasure to commune alone with the great God & to feel that he would listen to my prayers." The experience did not last: Dickinson never made a formal declaration of faith and attended services regularly for only a few years. After her church-going ended, about 1852, she wrote a poem opening: "Some keep the Sabbath going to Church – / I keep it, staying at Home".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1840
    Age 9
    On September 7, 1840, Dickinson and her sister Lavinia started together at Amherst Academy, a former boys' school that had opened to female students just two years earlier.
    More Details Hide Details At about the same time, her father purchased a house on North Pleasant Street. Emily's brother Austin later described this large new home as the "mansion" over which he and Emily presided as "lord and lady" while their parents were absent. The house overlooked Amherst's burial ground, described by one local minister as treeless and "forbidding". Dickinson spent seven years at the Academy, taking classes in English and classical literature, Latin, botany, geology, history, "mental philosophy," and arithmetic. Daniel Taggart Fiske, the school's principal at the time, would later recall that Dickinson was "very bright" and "an excellent scholar, of exemplary deportment, faithful in all school duties". Although she had a few terms off due to illness—the longest of which was in 1845–1846, when she was enrolled for only eleven weeks—she enjoyed her strenuous studies, writing to a friend that the Academy was "a very fine school".
  • 1830
    Born
    Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born at the family's homestead in Amherst, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1830, into a prominent, but not wealthy, family.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, Edward Dickinson was a prominent lawyer in Amherst and a well respected trustee of Amherst College. Two hundred years earlier, her patrilineal ancestors had arrived in the New World—in the Puritan Great Migration—where they prospered. Emily Dickinson's paternal grandfather, Samuel Dickinson, had almost single-handedly founded Amherst College. In 1813, he built the homestead, a large mansion on the town's Main Street, that became the focus of Dickinson family life for the better part of a century. Samuel Dickinson's eldest son, Edward, was treasurer of Amherst College for nearly forty years, served numerous terms as a State Legislator, and represented the Hampshire district in the United States Congress. On May 6, 1828, he married Emily Norcross from Monson. They had three children: By all accounts, young Emily was a well-behaved girl. On an extended visit to Monson when she was two, Emily's Aunt Lavinia described Emily as "perfectly well & contented—She is a very good child & but little trouble." Emily's aunt also noted the girl's affinity for music and her particular talent for the piano, which she called "the moosic".
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