Dickinson, Emily

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Dickinson, Emily Gender: F
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
born on 10 December 1830 at 04:40 (= 04:40 AM )
Place Amherst, Massachusetts, 42n22, 72w31
Timezone LMT m72w31 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 17°53' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 23°49 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 15°26'

Alternative birthtime
Date 10 December 1830 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Amherst, MA (US), 42n22, 72w31
Timezone LMT m72w31 (is local mean time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 17°54' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 23°59 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 19°18'

Emily Dickinson (Daguerreotype taken circa 1848)


American writer, acclaimed as the greatest woman poet of the English language. During her lifetime she had seven poems published anonymously; since her death she has been revered as a literary treasure.

With poor health, shy and fastidious, she had a reclusive and uneventful life with her domineering dad, an attorney, and a mom who "did not care for thought." She was one of three children, an older brother and a younger sister who were her closest companions through her lifetime. Her parents sent her to seminary school at 17, the fall of 1847, where she was cramped, curbed and repressed into a tight Victorian mold.

Becoming increasingly withdrawn and mystical, dressed always in white, she ventured outside only at dusk to water the garden. She never married and some biographers conclude that she was gay. By the early 1860s, she had created a wall of isolation around herself, which she believed critical to artistic expression. The major relationships in her life were with Susan Dickinson, her brother Austin's wife and with Bowles, a married man and the editor of the Springfield republican.

She and Sue met in 1847, both 17. Through the 40 years of their correspondence, Emily never referred to her directly, but wrote in a code that included the image of a bird to indicate the object of her affections. Bowles was her closest personal friend until his death in 1873. He was vigorous, earthy and dashing. Dickinson's biographer writes that with neither relationship was physical union possible.

In her last two decades, she became even more reclusive, seldom going far from her brother's house in Amherst. In 1884 her health was set back by the death of a friend and by late 1885 she was often too ill to leave her room. Stricken by Bright's disease, a type of kidney inflammation, she lost consciousness on 5/13/1886, and died 5/16/1886, 6:00 PM, in the house where she was born. After her death her sister found a manuscript of almost 900 poems, a legacy of glorious words to show the blazing wondrous genius that was hidden inside the exterior of a small brown wren.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • role played of/by Harris, Julie (born 2 December 1925). Notes: 1976 Broadway play and 1976 TV movie "The Belle of Amherst"
  • role played of/by Steinfeld, Hailee (born 11 December 1996). Notes: on TV series "Dickinson" (2019-)


Source Notes

LMR quotes biographer Richard B. Sewall, "Life of Emily Dickinson," (Vol 2 p.321, "Her father entered his new daughter's name and the time, five o'clock in the morning." Valerie Vaughan, an astrologer-librarian-resident of Amherst, MA, confirms the time from Dorothy Waugh, "Emily Dickinson Briefly," a respectable piece of scholarship based on original documents such as letters written by Emily. The book states that "the family had sent for the doctor at midnight." The doctor emerged from the birthing room and announced that it was a girl "just as the clock in the hall struck five a.m." We may consider that the birth was some minutes prior to 5:00 AM, allowing the doctor time to clean up.

(AFA 3/1962 had given 11:46 PM, "time recorded as near midnight.")

Judith Farr, "Wild Nights, The Passion of Emily Dickinson," Harvard Press, 1992.

Craft quotes "Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief" by Roger Lundin, pg. 21, for 5 a.m.


  • Traits : Mind : Exceptional mind
  • Traits : Personality : Mystical
  • Traits : Personality : Personality vulnerable (Reclusive)
  • Traits : Personality : Solitary/ Introvert
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Kidney
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of three kids)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Misfit (Did not mix)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Home centered
  • Lifestyle : Home : Same location lifetime
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Noted poet)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women