Emily Dickinson begins collecting her poems into small packets, today called “fascicles.” This practice continues until 1864.
Funeral for Emily Dickinson in Amherst, MA
Amherst College opens with Samuel Fowler Dickinson as a principle founder.
The Civil War begins
“Sorrow seems more general than it did, and not the estate of a few persons, since the war began; and if the anguish of others helped one with one’s own, now would be many medicines …” (Dickinson, L436)
Mabel Loomis Todd publishes the first edition of Poems by Emily Dickinson (Boston: Roberts Brothers). The popular reception of this first edition of Poems initiates the publication of the Second Series (1891) and the Third Series (1896) of Poems. Mabel Loomis Todd, as editor, publishes Letters of Emily Dickinson in two volumes in 1894.
Birth of William Austin Dickinson, Emily Dickinson’s brother
Emily Dickinson initiates a life-long correspondence with Thomas Wentworth Higginson.
Birth of Edward “Ned” Dickinson, Emily Dickinson’s nephew
Is it true, dear Sue?
Are there two?
I shouldn’t like to come
For fear of joggling Him!
If you could shut him up
In a Coffee Cup,
Or tie him to a pin
Till I got in –
Or make him fast
To “Toby’s” fist –
Hist! Whist! I’d come!” (Dickinson, Fr189)
Birth of Emily Elizabeth Dickinson