Themes in The Evergreens Parlor


Dickinson spent many happy, social times in The Evergreens parlor with a trusted circle of family and friends. Although her visits here declined in later years, life at the two houses remained closely linked.


The Evergreens was a social and cultural hub in Amherst. Susan and Austin, sister-in-law and brother of the poet, received many prominent writers, editors, and politicians at their home. Avid art collectors, they used their home to display their prized pieces.


The women most responsible for the posthumous preservation of Dickinson’s legacy all shared space at The Evergreens where the road towards publication began with the social and literary connections forged here in the parlor.