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The Writing Desk

A small work table and German student oil lamp supplied the space and light Dickinson required to compose her poems. She wrote in the afternoons and late into the night while the family slept. Primary accounts and material evidence—like the poems on envelopes, recipes, and a warranty for Dickinson’s lamp—indicate that she seized the moment whenever and wherever inspiration struck: in the pantry, her garden, or from the dining room window overlooking her beloved conservatory.

Small cherry table with square top in front of a window. On table: student lamp with large oil tank, pencil nub, paper scraps.