Emily Dickinson was born on 10th December, 1830, in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Emily wrote unique poetry often questioning immortality and death. She enjoyed being alone and became know for secluding herself from society. Emily began writing at a young age and her work entertained her classmates. It was difficult for her to write because her father was strict and censored most of Dickinson’s writing and reading material. Emily attended college but became ill. Her father returned her home and she eventually became a total recluse. She wrote over 1700 poems as well as many letters in several different languages. Many thought that her poetry reflected thoughts of an imaginary lover. It was never proven, however, there was talk that she had a relationship with an older gentleman (Judge Otis Lord-quite her senior and respected in the community).
Emily Dickinson died at the age of 55 from Bright’s disease, which is caused by kidney degeneration. After her death her sister Vinnie found Emily’s poetry and went on to have them published, “The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson” in 1893.