Emily Dickinson was born December 10, 1830. She was born to Edward and Emily Norcross Dickinson. She had a older brother named Austin, and a younger sister named Lavinia. As a child, Emily had lots of friends and loved to have fun.
When she grew older though, her social life changed dramatically. First, she would only leave her house to tend to her garden or visit her brother who lived next door. Then, she started to only stay in her room, occasionally coming down to the kitchen and only once in while going out to her garden.
She had a few nieces and nephews. Her favorite--Gib--died young. She loved children, and would lower gingerbread or other sweets down in a basket from her window. The kids also loved her.
She remained unmarried with no children her whole life, though many people think she had a secret love. Very few of her poems were published during her life, most having been found in a dresser after her death.
Emily Dickinson died on May 15,1886 at age 55 from Bright's Disease.