Emily Dickinson was born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her father was a well-known lawyer in the New England town (Sage 190). Her father had also retained a job as a treasurer at Amherst College. He, being the well learned man he was, was able to raise Emily to be educated. She also ran her father’s library, enabling her to read and learn for her pleasure (McQuade 1255). Besides providing her the avenue to learn to read and write, which many women were not able to do at the time, Dickinson does not attribute much more of her success to her parents’ help. She claims they never understood her or her writings fully, therefore not aiding her in many regards (Lauter 2970). In reality, though, critics believe her parents’ lifestyle help most Dickinson into the writer she becomes. Her family’s “quiet style of living, their secure economic class, and perhaps even their emotional remoteness allowed the privacy in which to develop her writing” (Lauter ...
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...worth learning on their own. Her pen not only writes songs on the pages, but becomes a type of music itself. The physical task of writing seems to bring inspiration to her just as the content of poems do.
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