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... Dickinson On December 10, 1830, Emily Dickinson was born to Edward Dickinson and Emily Norcross in Amherst, Massachusetts. She had an elder brother, William, and a younger sister, Lavinia. Emily’s father encouraged education in his children as they were growing up, prompting them to learn and remember all that they could so that they may share these new things with him when he returned home from his business trips. Her education took place at the primary school in her neighborhood, as well as Amherst Academy, a former boys’ school. Emily’s studies ranged from music, English, classical literature, Latin, geology, history, philosophy, and arithmetic, which prompted her to be regarded as one of the...