Emily Dickinson Timeline by debw2012


                                         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
of Representatives.

The railroad comes to Amherst through the efforts of
Edward Dickinson.                                                                    1853
                                                                                                        The Edward Dickinson family moves back to
                                                         Austin Dickinson
                                                         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.
                                                                   Late 1860s
                                               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
                                         is born.

                                         Emily Norcross Dickinson suffers a
                                         stroke, leaving her partially paralyzed.
                                                                                                                  Late 1870s
                                                                                                                  Dickinson’s romance with Otis Phillips Lord begins.

                                                                                                                  1878 Dickinson’s poem “Success isof anonymous verse. published in
                                                                                                                                         a volume
                                                                                                                                                    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.

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