Emily Dickinson is one of my favorite poets. She didn’t get her due until after she died.
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For all the critical and popular acclaim she receives today, the poetEmily Dickinson (1830-1886) passed her life in the obscure rounds of a reclusive spinster in her father’s home in Amherst, Mass. And for all her early intellectual promise, native talent and the fine education she received, she was dismissed as a nervous eccentric by the literati of her day and died an unpublished author.
Yet today no American student escapes grade school without a classroom encounter with a handful of her poems, and since her death and the discovery of her hidden cache of the thousand plus poems she had written during her lifetime by her sister Vinny, several publishing fortunes and countless academic careers have been built upon her corpus. Each…
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