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April 14, 2010

Emily Dickinson Quick Facts

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

19th century American poet
  • Full Name: Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
  • Also Called: New England Mystic
  • Birth: December 10, 1830
  • Death: May 15, 1886
  • Place of Birth: Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
  • Place of Death: Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
  • Cause of Death: Bright's disease
  • Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius 
  • Nationality: American
  • Father: Edward Dickinson (1803-1874)
  • Mother: Emily Norcross Dickinson (1804-1882)
  • Siblings:
  1. William Austin Dickinson (1829-1895)
  2. Lavinia "Vinnie" Norcross Dickinson (1833-1899)
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Unmarried
  • Known for: Her atypical, compressed, and meticulous poetic style, which disregarded the traditional rules of poetics
  • Allegation: According to popular traditions she was sensitive and reclusive in nature, and had an unrequited or secret love

Editions of Dickinson’s Poems:

The Poems of Emily Dickinson (3 volumes,1955)
The Letters of Emily Dickinson (3 volumes,1958)
The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson (2 volumes,1981)


“I died for Beauty – but was scarce
Adjusted in the Tomb
When One who died for Truth was lain
In an adjoining Room –“
I died for Beauty – but was scarce (449)

Did You Know?

  • Although Dickinson is highly deemed as one of the most prominent poets in the field of American literature, during her lifetime she was chiefly known as a gardener rather than as a poet.
  • She never married.
  • She wore only white dresses for almost her entire adult life.
  • Although she was alleged to be a recluse, in reality, she was very much sociable. She frequently entertained guests at her home during her 20s and 30s.
  • She wrote nearly 2000 poems, most of which were published posthumously. During her lifetime she published only 7 poems.
  • Dickinson never named her poems; the titles were given by the early editors of her poems. Popularly her poems are named by the first line.

N.B: This article was last updated on January 09, 2018

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1 comment:

  1. i like her poems there really unique


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