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Emily Dickinson

Born: Dec 10, 1830

Death: May 15, 1886

Birthplace: Amherst

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Emily Dickinson

Date of Birth : Dec 10, 1830
Date of Death : May 15, 1886
Birth Place : Amherst

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Although part of a prominent family with strong ties to its community, Dickinson lived much of her life highly introverted. After studying at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she briefly attended the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst. Considered an eccentric by locals, she developed a noted penchant for white clothing and became known for her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, to even leave her bedroom. Dickinson never married, and most friendships between her and others depended entirely upon correspondence. While Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems were published during her lifetime. The work that was published during her lifetime was usually altered significantly by the publishers to fit the conventional poetic rules of the time. Dickinson's poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation.


  • Writer
  • Poet

Also known as

  • Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
  • Dickinson, Emily


  • Emily Norcross Dickinson
  • Edward Dickinson
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