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December 10, 1830
Belle of Amherst
The celebrated poet Emily Dickinson is born in Amherst, Massachusetts. The daughter of Edward Dickinson, a lawyer who would become a U.S. Congressman, she receives an early education in the classics and sciences at Amherst Academy and goes on to spend nearly a year at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, about ten miles from Amherst. Dickinson will spend most of her life, though, in Amherst, immersed in her friendships, reading and gardening and writing. Only about a dozen of her nearly 2,000 poems will be published in her lifetime. Acclaim for her concise, emotional and witty poems will come after her death, attributed to Bright's disease, a kidney ailment, in 1886, at the age of 55.
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