The New International Encyclopædia/Dickinson, Emily

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DICKINSON, Emily (1830-86). An American poet, born at Amherst, Mass. She lived a secluded life, allowing her individuality the fullest development, and publishing almost nothing during her lifetime. She corresponded for many years with T. W. Higginson, and at her death he, with Mrs. Mabel Loomis Todd, edited a volume entitled Poems by Emily Dickinson (1890), which attracted considerable attention and was followed by another volume of poems, as well as by a volume of selected letters. In thought her introspective lyrics are striking if not impressive, but their author was almost oblivious of the demands of form.