Emily Dickinson

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Birthday
10, 1830
Birthplace
Amherst, MA
Death Date
May 15, 1886 (55)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
10, 1830
Birthplace
Amherst, MA
Death Date
May 15, 1886 (55)

About

A major American poet, she is known for her reclusive lifestyle and her brilliant, posthumously-published poems. Her numerous poems include "A great Hope fell," "A Clock stopped," and "Alone, I cannot be."

Before Fame

She and her sister, Lavinia, attended Amherst Academy shortly after the school opened its doors to female students.

Trivia

She wrote close to eighteen hundred poems during her relatively short lifetime. Many of these, including "Because I could not stop for Death," deal with the theme of mortality.

Family Life

She was born into a prominent Massachusetts family: her paternal grandfather, Samuel Dickinson, was a founder of Amherst College. Emily Dickinson lived most of her adult life in seclusion and never married.

Associated With

She was introduced as a young woman to the works of Transcendentalist author Ralph Waldo Emerson.