Emily Dickinson

Standard Name: Dickinson, Emily
Birth Name: Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
Emily Dickinson is primarily known for her poems; she was also a letter writer. She published very little during her lifetime and the full scope of her output—some 1,775 poems—was discovered only after her death.
Wolff, Cynthia Griffin. Emily Dickinson. Knopf, 1986.
ED 's verse thoroughly engages with the issue of identity, how best to be.
Wolff, Cynthia Griffin. Emily Dickinson. Knopf, 1986.
She is held to be among the best and most original of nineteenth-century US poets.
Daguerrotype of Emily Dickinson by William C North, taken sometime between December 1846 and March 1847. She sits with her right elbow on a table beside her, which also a has a book on it. She wears her hair pulled back tight, and a dark gown with touches of white lace, and a ribbon round her neck. Amherst College.
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Education Penelope Shuttle
At seventeen, she says (after the successive discoveries of Charlotte Brontë , T. S. Eliot and Emily Dickinson ), she began reading Rilke . Everything opened up then, a whole new world of poetry for me.
Mslexia. Mslexia Publications.
Education Tillie Olsen
At home the Lerner children learned Yiddish songs and made up silly plays.
Reid, Panthea. Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles. Rutgers University Press, 2010.
Tillie was a difficult child, skipping family chores to spend time at the public library, with its huge painting of...
Family and Intimate relationships Joan Aiken
JA 's father was Conrad Aiken (1889-1973), born in Savannah, Georgia: a modernist poet, critic, and editor of Emily Dickinson . He had been publishing poetry for ten years when Joan was born, and...
Friends, Associates Sylvia Townsend Warner
US poet Genevieve Taggard launched a literary friendship (and correspondence, from which Warner's surviving eighteen letters have recently been published) when she sent Warner a poem in 1941. Taggard was a poet particularly appreciated by...
Friends, Associates Julia Ward Howe
JWH first encountered Higginson (the friend and correspondent of Emily Dickinson ) at a Boston rally in support of the fugitive slave Shadrach Minkins .
Howe, Julia Ward. Reminiscences, 1819–1899. Houghton Mifflin, 1899.
Howe was living at 241 Beacon Street in Boston...
Intertextuality and Influence Margaret Drabble
Imagery of postpartum fluidity, particularly lactation, characterizes the lovers' growing passion and the descriptions of female sexual desire and orgasm. The narrative alternates between a schizoid third-person dialogue
Drabble, Margaret. The Waterfall. Penguin, 1971.
and first-person narration as Jane attempts...
Intertextuality and Influence Sylvia Kantaris
The poems here are full of places—real ones, like St Ives, Zennor, a rain-forest in Queensland, Australia; also the dystopias of Snapshotland (where everyone is happy all the time.)
Kantaris, Sylvia. The Sea at the Door. Secker and Warburg, 1985.
Intertextuality and Influence Penelope Shuttle
The first book that affected PS deeply was Brontë 's Jane Eyre, with whose protagonist she identified.
Steffens, Daneet. “Penelope Shuttle”. Mslexia, No. 33, pp. 46 - 8.
At fifteen she read T. S. Eliot and Emily Dickinson and conceived a wish to be...
Intertextuality and Influence Margiad Evans
At the end of the 1940s, when she was writing extremely hard, she began work on a book about Emily Brontë . She abandoned it soon after her first epileptic seizure, feeling that it was...
Intertextuality and Influence Edna O'Brien
EOB has named many women writers as important to her: she includes among these Jane Austen , Emily Dickinson , Elizabeth Bowen , Anna Akhmatova , Anita Brookner , and Margaret Atwood , adding: Every...
Intertextuality and Influence Elaine Feinstein
Lais considers Holbein 's painting of the courtesan of that name, who lived in ancient Corinth: a representation unexpectedly mild and benevolent, of a woman who cannot hide the evidence of grace.
Adcock, Fleur, editor. The Faber Book of Twentieth Century Women’s Poetry. Faber and Faber, 1987.
Intertextuality and Influence Emily Brontë
Despite the slightness of her oeuvre and Wuthering Heights's initial lack of popularity, EB emerged early as a major influence on other writers. Matthew Arnold paid early tribute by comparing her to Byron in...
Intertextuality and Influence Helen Oyeyemi
HO identifies more as a reader than as a writer: she cites, alludes to, and rewrites a large number and variety of authors: Emily Dickinson , Nella Larsen , Louisa May Alcott , and Simi Bedford
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Barrett Browning
American poet Emily Dickinson loved EBB 's poetry. The language of Aurora Leigh crops up throughout her oeuvre, and she recalls the transformative experience, sanctifying the soul, of her early reading in one poem: I...
Intertextuality and Influence Helen Oyeyemi
The novel is written from the perspective of an eight-year-old girl, Jessamy (Jess) Harrison (also called Wuraola in Nigeria), the only child of a Nigerian mother and a British father. The book chronicles Jess's loneliness...


August 1973
The National Women's Hall of Fame was inaugurated at Seneca Falls, New York, USA, site of the women's rights convention of 19 July 1848.