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Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson
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  • 1. Emily Dickinson By Jennie Dannecker
  • 2. Family History
    • the Dickinsons had arrived in the New World—in the puritan Great Migration
    • paternal grandfather, Samuel Dickinson, had almost single-handedly founded Amherst College
    • Edward, her father, was treasurer of Amherst College for nearly forty years, served numerous terms as a State Legislator, and represented the Hampshire district in the United States Congress
    • May 6, 1828, Edward married Emily Norcross, her mother, from Monson
    • Brother, William Austin, known as Austin
    • Sister, Lavinia Norcross, known as Lavinia or Vinnie
  • 3. Emily’s Youth
    • Described by her aunt as “perfectly well & contented—She is a very good child & but little trouble”.
    • Her education was noted to be "ambitiously classical for a Victorian girl" .
    • 1840 she began to attend Amherst Academy
  • 4. Emily as a Teen
    • 7 years of classes in English and classical literature, Latin, botany, geology, history, "mental philosophy" and arithmetic
    • She was out due to illness for periods of time
    • 1844 she was traumatized by the death of her closest second cousin to typhus
    • 1845 she found religion
    • 1847 she began to attend Mary Lyon's Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
    • 1848 she was taken home by Austin
    • 1852 she lost religion
  • 5. Influences in Writing
    • Benjamin Franklin Newton
    • William Wordsworth
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Lydia Maria Child
    • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    • Charlotte Bronte
    • William Shakespeare
  • 6. Emily as an Adult
    • Traumatized by another untimely death
    • 1850s forms a relationship with Susan Gilbert
      • Emily sends her over 300 letters
      • She marries Emily’s brother
    • 1855 she goes to Washington and Philadelphia
    • She meets Charles Wadsworth during her visit to Philadelphia
    • Mid 1850s Emily’s mother becomes ill
  • 7. Emily as an Adult Cont.
    • 1858 she began cleaning up her already written poems
    • 1858-1865 she creates 40 books with about 800 poems
    • She meets Samuel Bowles
    • 1862 Thomas Wentworth Higginson wrote “Letter to a Young Contributor”
  • 8. Emily as an Adult Cont.
    • She responded with:
      • Mr Higginson, Are you too deeply occupied to say if my Verse is alive? The Mind is so near itself – it cannot see, distinctly – and I have none to ask – Should you think it breathed – and had you the leisure to tell me, I should feel quick gratitude – If I make the mistake – that you dared to tell me – would give me sincerer honor – toward you – I enclose my name – asking you, if you please – Sir – to tell me what is true? That you will not betray me – it is needless to ask – since Honor is it's [sic] own pawn –
  • 9. A Change in Emily
    • 1867 she rarely left the house
    • She would only speak to people through the door, no face-to-face interaction
    • 1870 she formally meets Higginson when he came to Amherst
    • About 1873 she becomes acquainted with Otis Phillips Lord
    • 1874 her father dies
    • 1875 her mother dies
  • 10. A Change in Emily Cont.
    • 1882 Charles Wadsworth dies
    • 1884 Otis Phillips Lord dies
    • 1886 Emily dies
  • 11. Life After Death
    • 1890 the first volume of Emily’s poems is produced
    • 1891 the second volume was produced
    • 1914 and 1929 Emily’s niece published a new series of poems
    • 1955 Thomas H Johnson published the first scholarly edition in a three volume set