Life...the thrilling preface to supremer things
Samuel Fowler Dickinson, Emily’s Amherst College opens with
paternal grandfather, builds the Samuel Fowler Dickinson as a
Homestead on Main Street in Amherst. principal founder.
1830 Emily Elizabeth Dickinson is born on December 10 at the
Homestead to Edward and Emily Norcross Dickinson.
Dickinson moves with her parents,
brother Austin, and sister Lavinia 1840
to a house on Pleasant Street in In September, Dickinson enters Mount
Amherst. She attends Amherst
Academy until 1847.
1847 Holyoke Female Seminary (until August 1848).
On February 20, publishes
Dickinson’s “Sic transit gloria mundi” anonymously as “A
Edward Dickinson elected to a single term in the U.S. House
The railroad comes to Amherst through the efforts of
Edward Dickinson. 1853
The Edward Dickinson family moves back to
marries Susan Gilbert, 1856 the repurchased and remodeled Homestead.
girlhood friend of the Emily and Lavinia visit Washington D.C.
poet’s, and moves into a and Philadelphia.
house built for them next
door to the Homestead.
The couple names the
house “The Evergreens.”
Emily Dickinson begins collecting her poems into
Edward (Ned) Austin Dickinson,
1861 small packets, today called “fascicles.” This practice
continues until 1864.
born at The Evergreens.
The Civil War begins. now known as the “Master Letters” to an as-yet un-
On April 15, Dickinson initiates a life-long correspondence with
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a writer and social activist.
Five of the Dickinson poems known to have been published in
her lifetime appear in newspapers, including the , the
Brooklyn , and the .
1864 & 1865 – Dickinson twice spends many months in
The Civil War ends.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, for treatment of a severe eye ailment.
Dickinson’s period of intense reclusion begins.
1866 Dickinson’s dog, Carlo, dies.
Martha Gilbert Dickinson, Emily Dickinson’s
Dickinson family hires Margaret Maher as their primary
domestic help. 1869 niece, is born.
Emily Dickinson in Amherst. He called again in 1873.
1874 Edward Dickinson dies.
Thomas Gilbert (Gib) Dickinson,
Emily Dickinson’s second nephew, 1875
Emily Norcross Dickinson suffers a
stroke, leaving her partially paralyzed.
Dickinson’s romance with Otis Phillips Lord begins.
1878 Dickinson’s poem “Success isof anonymous verse. published in
counted sweetest” is
1881 Mabel Loomis Todd and David Todd move to Amherst. Mabel Todd
Emily Norcross Dickinson dies.
1883 Gib Dickinson dies.
Otis Lord dies.
On May 15, Emily Dickinson dies.
1886 Poems by Emily Dickinson, edited by Mabel
1890 Loomis Todd and T.W. Higginson, is published
by Roberts Brothers of Boston.