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Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Emily Dickinson was born, lived, and died in Amherst, Massachusetts, living in her family´s home the entire time, and rarely traveling. Her family was very much into politics and education, and Emily went to the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. She enjoyed writing poetry, but over the years became more and more secluded.

By the time she turned 23, she rarely left her room - just writing letters to friends, and poetry. Some feel that this was because of a romantic disappointment, but there is no solid answer to why Emily stayed so shut in.

Emily became even more of a recluse in her later years, refusing to talk to visitors. She poured all of her energy into her poetry. Very few of them were ever seen by outsiders. It was only after Emily died at age 56 that her sister, Lavinia, published the works.

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