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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet of the nineteenth century She was one of the greatest masters of the short lyric poem Not much is known about her life but what is known is unusual and interesting Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst Massachusetts on December tenth eighteen hundred thirty to a prominent family 9 httpwwwkutztownedufacultyreagancensoredinsonhtml She was the second child of three children Her grandfather Samuel Dickinson was one of the founders of the Amherst College Edward Dickinson her father held several political positions He was on the General Court of Massachusetts Massachusetts State Senate and United States House Representatives Edward was also a lawyer and the treasurer for the college 9 httpwwwkutztownedufacultyreagancensoredinsonhtml Emilys mother Emily Dickinson was a simple woman She was dedicated to her home and family Emilys mother suffered a long term of illness so she took care of her Dickinson had an older brother Austin who also served as the treasurer for the college and other civic positions Austin married Emilys best friend Susan Gilbert Lavinia was Emilys younger sister She didnt marry anyone so she stayed in the family house The three siblings shared a very close relationship Their parents didnt have a close relationship with them but they did love and care for them Emilys parents made sure she had a good education She went to a primary school for four years then she attended Amherst Academy from eighteen hundred forty through eighteen hundred forty-seven After that she went to Mary Lyons Female Seminary Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for only a year 7 httpwwwgalecomlibraryresrcspoetscncensorednbiohtm The seminary insisted on religious as well as intellectual growth Emily didnt like the religious environment and was under considerable pressure to become a professing Christian 4 wysiwyg5httpwwwbritannicacombcomebarticle00571630830100html When it came to religion Emily was a skeptic She returned home so she wouldnt have to face the religious environment and her parents asked
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