American poet Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was considered to be an eccentric by the locals in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts where she was born and where she died at the age of 55. She lived much of her life in seclusion. She never married, was reluctant to greet guests, preferred to remain in her bedroom, and developed friendships based only on correspondence.
She wrote nearly 1800 poems, but fewer than a dozen were published during her lifetime. Today, Dickinson is revered as a major American poet, and her works are frequently anthologized. She is taught in American literature and poetry classes from middle school to the college level.