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Dickinson, Emily Elizabeth
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(Dec 10, 1830, Amherst, MA – May 15, 1886, ibid.) was an American poet who spent the last 30 years of her life in almost total seclusion in the small town where she grew up. She came from a middle-class Puritan home and was educated at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. In reaction to the liberal congregationalism of her environment, she kept her distance from church institutions and even Christianity itself, despite constantly referring to the latter in her introspective lyric poetry by making numerous allusions to the Bible and church h…

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Siebald, Manfred, “Dickinson, Emily Elizabeth”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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