daguerreotype photograph of Emily Dickinson at age 16

This section of the website introduces users to significant topics in Dickinson’s biography. Included here is information about the town where Dickinson lived, as well as essays about members of Dickinson’s family; important friends (including her dog Carlo); her impressive schooling; her loves of reading and of gardening; domestic life in the Dickinson household; Dickinson’s love life; her attitudes toward and experiences with religion, the Civil War, illness, and death; and her iconic white dress.

For general information about researching Emily Dickinson, please see Resources & Bibliography.

Summary biography

Family and Friends

Special topics