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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10 1830 in Amherst She was the middle child of Edward and Emily Dickinson Her brother William Austin Dickinson was born on April 16 1829 and Lavinia Norcross Dickinson her sister was born on February 28 1833 Emilys father was a prominent figure throughout his life He was treasurer of Amherst College from 1835 member of state legislature for several terms and member of Congress for one term Emily once mentioned her father was harsh and that she had no mother In 1862 she wrote I have a brother and sister -- my mother does not care for thought -- and father too busy with his briefs - to notice what we do Edward Dickinson died in 1874 A year later Emilys mother suffered paralysis and became an invalid for the rest of her life Emily took care of her mother and they formed a close relationship Eventually Emilys mother died in November of 1882 Emily and her siblings were devoted to one another even though their home life was not always happy In 1856 Austin Dickinson Emilys brother married Susan Gilbert and they set up their home next door Their home life was very happy Emily attended school at the Amherst Academy where she studied Latin French history rhetoric botany geology and mental philosophy Emily confronted large religious questions and engaged in more tangible study in 1874 when she entered Mount Holyoke Female Seminary at South Hadely However Emilys education was often interrupted by poor health She lived most of her life in New England with brief visits to Boston Philadelphia and Washington Emily Dickinson wrote over 1700 poems but she didnt want them to be published At least ten of her poems were published without her consent including Success Is Counted Sweetest Emily Dickinson died in May of 1886 after passing into a coma
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