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BIOGRAPHY – EMILY DICKINSON Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Posted by edincityoflit in Poets.

Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830.  She spent much of her life in near total seclusion in her family’s house in Amherst where she maintained contact with the outside world through regular letter writing.  She also wrote and hand-bound collections of her own poetry, but none of it was published during her lifetime.

Upon Emily’s death in 1886, her family members discovered her hand-written poetry and a family friend arranged for their initial publication.  Her unique, clipped poetic style was met with uncertain critical opinion on its first publication but she is now considered to be one of the greatest American poets of all time.


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