Emily Dickinson Quotes
MotherEmily Norcross Dickinson
EducationAmherst College, Mount Holyoke College
Undoubtedly one of America's favorite poets, Emily Dickinson was quite a recluse and maybe that is the reason behind a lot of speculations surrounding her life. For instance, several scholars have assumed that this lone wolf could have harbored homosexual sentiments for her sister-in-law named Susan. Though it is nothing but a presumption, certain letters written to Susan Huntington Dickinson are so intimate, that they were dubbed ‘amorous’. In one such letter, Dickinson had written, "Susan knows / she is a Siren -- / and that at a / word from her, / Emily would / forfeit Righteousness -- " It was this lady (who was also a writer) that the talented poet wrote the most number of letters to, and Susan considered Emily her true critic. According to professor Martha Nell Smith of the ‘University of Maryland’, "Although their relationship has strong elements of romantic friendship and also might be called prototypically lesbian, as well as mutually mentoring, their dynamic devotion does not fit comfortably into any standard category -- lover or sister or mentor or best friend or neighbor or companion -- though it has elements of each". Considering that Emily Dickenson lived during the 19th century, a time when homosexuality was not accepted, it comes as no surprise that the remarkable writer had no direct contact with anyone else apart from her dog, Carlo.