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1830 - 1886
Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.
Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is recognized as one of the greatest American poets of the 19th century.
Dickinson's life was outwardly simple, but behind scenes worked a prolific and talented poet. Her work was influenced by the metaphysical poets of seventeenth-century England, and by her Puritan upbringing. She admired the poetry of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and John Keats. Dickinson never married, finding in her poetry, reading, gardening and close friendships a rich, fulfilling life.
After Dickinson's death in Cambridge on May 15, 1886 over 1700 poems, bound into booklets, were discovered in her bureau. Only ten of Dickinson's peoms were published during her lifetime, and those without her consent. The first volume of her work was published posthumously in 1890.
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Books About Emily Dickinson
- The Life of Emily Dickinson - Author: Richard Benson Sewall
This detailed biography reveals not just the poet and her poetry, but the woman and her life.
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- Emily Dickinson: Daughter of Prophecy - Authors: Beth MacLay Doriani
This book explores some of the central strategies Dickinson used to claim both poetic and religious authority to join the ranks of the great literary figures of her day, men like Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman.
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- Emily Dickinson (Voices in Poetry) - Authors: S. L. Berry, Emily Dickinson, Dugald Stermer (Illustrator)
Examines the life of the reclusive poet and presents some of her poems, including "There's a Certain Slant of Light," "Because I Could Not Stop for Death," chosen to illustrate important aspects of her life and character.
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- The Diary of Emily Dickinson - Author: Jamie Fuller, Marlene McLoughlin (Illustrator)
This fictionalization of Emily Dickinson's diary paints a fascinating picture that will deepen your understanding and appreciation of one of America's greatest and most enduring poets. Fuller helps extract from Dickinson's cryptic style her views on God, family, nature, death, love, poetry, fame, and her role as a woman in a patriarchal society. Line drawings throughout.
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- Emily - Author: Michael Bedard, Barbara Cooney (Illustrator)
Emily Dickinson lived in a yellow house in Massachusetts, never venturing out in 20 years. Barbara Cooney's oil paintings enhance Bedard's moving portrait of Dickinson's reclusive world. 32 pages
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- Emily Dickinson: Selected Letters - Author: Emily Dickinson, Thomas Johnson (Editor)
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Article written by Robin Chew - December 1995