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Emily Dickinson was born on December 10 1830 in Amherst Massachusetts She had a younger sister named Lavina and an older brother named Austin Her mother Emily Norcross Dickinson was largely dependent on her family and was seen by Emily as a poor mother Her father was lawyer Congressman and the Treasurer for Amherst College Unlike her mother Emily loved and admired her father Since the family was not emotional they lived a quiet secure life They rarely shared their problems with one another so Emily had plenty of privacy for writing During her childhood Emily and her family attended The First Congregational Church on a regular basis Emily did not like going to church because she didnt think of herself as being very religious She refused to believe that Heaven was a better place than Earth and eventually rebelled from the church Emily saw herself as a woman who had her own way of thinking a way of thinking shaped neither by the church or society By the time she was twelve her family moved to a house on Pleasant Street where they lived from 1840 to 1855 Emily was already writing letters but composed most of her poetry in this home Emily only left home to attend Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for two semesters Though her stay there was brief she impressed her teachers with her courage and directness They felt her writing was sensational At the age of twenty-one Emily and her family moved to the Dickinson Homestead on Main Street This move proved to be very difficult for Emily This was difficult for Emily because she became very attached to her old house which shaped her writing and personality for fifteen years They now lived next door to her brother Austin and his wife Susan and their daughter Martha Emily and Susan became so close that many people believe they may have been lovers A rumor perpetuated by the fact that
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