Emily Dickinson was an American poet. Little-known during her life, she has since been regarded as one of the most important figures in American poetry.
Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, she lived much of her life in isolation. While Dickinson was a prolific writer, her only publications during her lifetime were 10 of her nearly 1,800 poems, and one letter. Although Dickinson's acquaintances were most likely aware of her writing, it was not until after her death in 1886—when Lavinia, Dickinson's younger sister, discovered her cache of poems—that her work became public.