EMILY DICKINSON was born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, to an influential and relatively wealthy family. After studying, she returned home where she lived until her death in 1886. During this time she wrote almost 1,800 poems. She wasn’t intent on publishing them, but shared a lot of poems in her famous and extensive correspondence with her acquaintances and friends. She composed most of her poems during the Civil War (1861-1865), which left a huge mark on her life. She refused to publicly declare her faith and became notorious as a woman clothed in white who doesn’t go to church on Sundays and rarely leaves her father’s house. In her poems, crossing the cracks between mortality and eternity, life and death, peace and war, she praised the magnificent beauty of the natural world that offers the attentive observer a heaven on earth. Posthumous publication of Emily Dickinson’s complete works in the decades after her death soon established her as one of the most significant American poets.