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The “Belle of Amherst,” as Emily Dickinson (1830—1886) was known, was the reclusive, eccentric daughter of an academic New England family. Though known as a poet and prolific letter-writer in life, she published fewer than a dozen of her poems—and not even her family suspected that her carefully kept manuscripts, which she requested be destroyed upon her death, consisted of more than 1,800 poems. Her writing style was original and vivid, breaking from tradition while still demonstrating her considerable intelligence and awareness of the form. Come inside and explore the world of Emily Dickinson: her life, her work, and her character.