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Virtual Emily
This University of Massachusetts resource includes a chronology of Dickinson's life, information about her family, education and residences and plenty of pictures.

The Obituary of Emily Dickinson
Published in The Springfield Republican on May 18, 1886 and penned by Dickinson's sister-in-law and close friend Susan: "With no creed, no formulate faith, hardly knowing the names of dogmas, she walked this life with the gentleness and reverence of old saints, with the firm steps of martyrs who sing while they suffer."

Emily Dickinson Photograph
View a digital image of what may be the only existing photograph of Emily Dickinson as an adult - and its mysterious inscription. Experts suggest that the image may be a paper copy of a daguerreotype taken in the mid-1850s, perhaps made from the original after Dickinson's death.

Thomas Hampson: I Hear America Singing
The companion site to this PBS program is a multimedia journey through the artistic and cultural movements that define the American song saga. Read biographies of key American composers, artists and writers, including Dickinson.

Emily Dickinson's Letters
Thomas Wentworth Higginson was widely believed to be one of Dickinson's love interests. In 1891, five years after the poet's death, he wrote this essay examining his own role as her "literary counselor and confidant" and shares passages from their lengthy correspondence and an account of their first face-to-face meeting.

The Poetry

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Complete Poems of 1924
Published in 1924, this book was the first to contain all the poet's work. Search the database for any of the complete poems and the book's introduction, written by Dickinson's niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi.

Emily Dickinson - Biography and Poems
This three-volume collection, published in 1955, compiled Dickinson's 1,775 poems in chronological order - and was the first to do so in their original, unedited forms. Read these poems online chronologically or alphabetically.

The Emily Dickinson International Society
The Society aims to "promote, perpetuate, and enhance the study and appreciation of Emily Dickinson throughout the world" by holding conferences, printing bulletins and acquiring research materials.

The Emily Dickinson Journal
Sponsored by the Emily Dickinson International Society, the Journal is a top source for scholarship regarding the poet. See recent issues and selected articles such as "Blood in the Basin: The Civil War in Emily Dickinson's 'The name-of it-is 'Autumn'-."

Dickinson Electronic Archives
Devoted to the study of Emily Dickinson and her writing practices, this comprehensive site includes letters by family members, digital articles, responses to Dickinson's writing and out-of-print critical resources.

People and Places

The Dickinson Homestead
The Homestead, where the poet lived, wrote and died, now houses the Emily Dickinson Museum. Get a history of this Amherst, MA property and its next-door neighbor the Evergreens, the former home of Emily's brother Austin and his wife Susan.

The Evergreens
Learn more about the Evergreens and Susan Dickinson. Browse the photo gallery and Susan's writings, including reviews, stories, essays and samples from her voluminous correspondence.

Amherst College
Find out about "The Belle of Amherst's" hometown college, which was co-founded in 1821 by her grandfather, Samuel Fowler Dickinson. Today the school is a private liberal arts institution.

Jones Library Special Collections: John L. Lovell Collection
Find rare photos of the Dickinson family, early images of the family's houses and the streets, shops and businesses they frequented.

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
An educational site containing information on Dickinson and her much contested love interests: the Reverend Charles Wadsworth, a married man twice her age; Samuel Bowles, editor of The Springfield Republican; Judge Otis Phillips Lord, one of her father's closest friends; and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, editor of The Atlantic Monthly.

Dear Master
Another possible Dickinson love interest is sparked: historian Ruth Owen Jones speculates that the intended recipient of the poet's unsent love letters addressed to her "Master" was Amherst College Professor William Smith Clark.

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