Emily Dickinson

1830-1886

&   Born Emily Elizabeth Dickinson in Amherst, Massachusetts on December 10, 1830 to Edward and Emily Norcross Dickinson.  She had an older brother Austin and a younger sister, Lavinia.

&   Born in Puritan Massachusetts and raised in the strict Christian tradition, although later in life Emily would challenge the Christian beliefs.

&   She had Brightís disease- any of several kidney diseases marked by albumin in the urine. 

&   Her grandfather, Samuel Fowler Dickinson was one of the founders of Amherst College.  Emilyís father was an attorney and later was the treasurer for Amherst College, served as state representative and a state senator.

&   Emilyís family was very prominent and political within Amherst society.

&   She received a formal education that was far beyond the level that was then achieved by most Americans.  She attended the Amherst Academy (1840-46) and a year at Mt. Holyoke (1848), a seminary school.  At least half of her studies were in the Sciences.

&   Emily began her life of seclusion after her return from Holyoke.  She only saw a close few friends. 

&   She began to write poetry seriously in her early twenties.

&   Emily only traveled out of Amherst on several occasions; once to Philadelphia for medical help regarding her eyes; once to Washington D.C. to visit her father; and a few trips to Boston.

&   On these trips, she met several influential individuals: Charles Wadsworth, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Samuel Bowles, and J.G. Holland.

&   April 15, 1862, Emily sent Higginson a letter with four of her poems for his advice.

&   By the Civil War, Emily had already written half of her canon.

&   During the Civil War, Emily wrote about 800 poems, the turmoil of the country came through in her work.

&   After the late 1860ís, Emily never left the boundaries of her familyís property.

&   Between the years of 1874 and 1882, Emily lost several people close to her: Her father (1874), Samuel Bowles (1878), J.G. Holland (1881), her nephew Gilbert (1883), and both her mother and Charles Wadsworth in 1882.

&   Emily died in the house she was born in on May 15, 1886 at the age of 56 leaving behind close to 2,000 poems that were not to be seen until 4 years after her death when they are published.

DICKINSON AND THE CIVIL WAR: Click here for a sobering website that places Dickinsonís poems next to Mathew Bradyís photographs from the battle fields of the Civil War.

Web Sites:

http://www.bartleby.com

http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/fdw/volume2/smith/f24.html

http://www.americanpoems.com

http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~emilypg/

http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/edisindex.html

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Emily Dickinson

1830-1886

 

 

 

&   Born Emily Elizabeth Dickinson in Amherst, Massachusetts on December 10, 1830 to Edward and Emily Norcross Dickinson.  She had an older brother Austin and a younger sister, Lavinia.

&   Born in Puritan Massachusetts and raised in the strict Christian tradition, although later in life Emily would challenge the Christian beliefs.

&   She had Brightís disease- any of several kidney diseases marked by albumin in the urine. 

&   Her grandfather, Samuel Fowler Dickinson was one of the founders of Amherst College.  Emilyís father was an attorney and later was the treasurer for Amherst College, served as state representative and a state senator.

&   Emilyís family was very prominent and political within Amherst society.

&   She received a formal education that was far beyond the level that was then achieved by most Americans.  She attended the Amherst Academy (1840-46) and a year at Mt. Holyoke (1848), a seminary school.  At least half of her studies were in the Sciences.

&   Emily began her life of seclusion after her return from Holyoke.  She only saw a close few friends. 

&   She began to write poetry seriously in her early twenties.

&   Emily only traveled out of Amherst on several occasions; once to Philadelphia for medical help regarding her eyes; once to Washington D.C. to visit her father; and a few trips to Boston.

&   On these trips, she met several influential individuals: Charles Wadsworth, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Samuel Bowles, and J.G. Holland.

&   April 15, 1862, Emily sent Higginson a letter with four of her poems for his advice.

&   By the Civil War, Emily had already written half of her canon.

&   During the Civil War, Emily wrote about 800 poems, the turmoil of the country came through in her work.

&   After the late 1860ís, Emily never left the boundaries of her familyís property.

&   Between the years of 1874 and 1882, Emily lost several people close to her: Her father (1874), Samuel Bowles (1878), J.G. Holland (1881), her nephew Gilbert (1883), and both her mother and Charles Wadsworth in 1882.

&   Emily died in the house she was born in on May 15, 1886 at the age of 56 leaving behind close to 2,000 poems that were not to be seen until 4 years after her death when they are published.

 

 

Click here for a sobering website that places Dickinsonís poems next to Matthew Bradyís photographs from the battle fields of the Civil War.

 

 

 

Web Sites:

http://www.bartleby.com

http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/fdw/volume2/smith/f24.html

http://www.americanpoems.com

http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~emilypg/

http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/edisindex.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click image to read about Emily Dickinson!