Biography of Emily Dickinson

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Biography of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was an American poet born in the 1800s. She led a private life with few friends and acquaintances who could attest to her peculiar personality and lifestyle. Emily lived in absolute seclusion, living her latter years of life within the confines of her home. Her poems however were powerful and unique; they did not speak at first glance to the simplicity of the author behind them.

Early Life

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts to parents Edward Dickinson and Emily Dickinson (nee Norcross). She had a brother Williams Austin Dickinson and sister Lavinia Norcross Dickinson. Emily’s family was prominent in the local community; her grandfather Samuel Dickinson was one of the founders of Amherst College where her own father served as treasurer for nearly four decades. Samuel Dickinson also built the Dickinson’s home popularly known as the “Homestead” or “Mansion” in 1813.

Emily was noted as a well-behaved, intelligent and conscientious girl that had an interest in music, she was particularly apt with the piano. Emily attended Amherst Academy and spent seven years studying the likes of English, classical Literature and History. After completing studies at the Academy, Emily spent ten months at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family’s house in Amherst.

During her teen years Emily was introduced to the writings of Williams Wordsworth by her friend and tutor Benjamin Franklin Newton who recognized her poetic abilities. She also read the works of Lydia Maria Child, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Charlotte Brontë (author of the popular novel Jane Eyre) and William Shakespeare. She also admired the poetry of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and John Keats.

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