Friday, July 17, 2009


The daughter of a prominent lawyer, Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, where the spent nearly her entire life. She attended Amherst Academy and spent one year at Mary Lyon’s Female Seminary in South Hadley, now Mount Holyoke College. An extremely shy and introspective person, she remained quietly at home and did not travel, from the time she was 19 until her death. After she was 30 she withdrew more and more from casual contact with the world in order to concentrate on her writing.

Emily Dickinson’s work is remarkable for its defiance of Victorian convention, for its absolute honestly, for its intensity and for the way that the author displayed such reverence for intrinsic values.

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