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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she studied at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she spent a short time at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst. Thought of as an eccentric by the locals, she became known for her penchant for white clothing and her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, even leave her room. Most of her friendships were therefore carried out by correspondence.
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Although she wrote her first poems while still in her teens, her 20s and 30s were the most prolific for her work. In 1855, her father bought the home in which Emily had been born, and she moved back there, where she would remain for the remainder of her life. Her brother and his wife bought the estate next door, and Dickinson enjoyed both the numerous social gatherings offered next door as well as her more private setting at home. She had a conservatory built inside her family home so that she could indulge in another favorite hobby, gardening, year round. During this time, she sent several poems to the Atlantic Monthly, but none were published there. Two poems were published by a newspaper, however. Dickinson shared her poems with her family and close friends, but none knew the extent of her collection until after her death in 1886.