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Best Things dwell out of Sight998 describes one of Americas greatest poets She dwelled out of sight for most of her life and her poems with the exception of seven published anonymously remained out of sight until well after her death Many literary scholars have attempted a biography on this mysterious woman and poet and yet none are conclusive Dickinson remains an enigma even today but biographical speculation allows us to analyze some of her poetry even though we may be completely inaccurate about what we presuppose There are some facts about Emily Elizabeth Dickinson that we know for certain She was born on December 10 1830 and is recognized as one of Americas greatest poets She had an older brother William Austin Dickinson born on April 16 1829 and a younger sister Lavinia Norcross Dickinson born on February 28 1833 She was raised in Amherst Massachusetts which was a small and tradition-bound town in the nineteenth century Emilys father Edward Dickinson was a grand figure in Amherst In his letters he comes across as a remarkably ambitious mana typical success-oriented work-oriented citizen of expansionist America in Richard Sewalls characterization Educated at Amherst College and Yale he soon became the leading lawyer in town For thirty-seven years he was the treasurer of the college that his father helped establish in 1821 Besides this Edward had accomplished much success in his life but biographers of Emilys life believe that he paid for his public success through his emotional destitution Emilys father was a rigorous Calvinist and dominated the Dickinson family His concept of life was rigid religious observance and obedience to Gods law as stated in the Bible He prompted his children to read the Bible and attend church every Sunday People who knew the Dickinsons referred to Edward as a severe latter-day Puritan a power minded tyrantSewall 8 However it seems that as ignorant as critics made him sound Edward was modern-minded enough to
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