Dickinson, Emily, House

280 Main St., Amherst, Massachusetts

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Description 

Emily Dickinson made this house her home for her entire life (1830-86), living in partial seclusion and writing poetry. The house has an intensely intimate relationship with this reclusive poet. Contemporary reviewers were often bewildered by Dickinson's poems, with their metrical originality, fractured grammar and obscure references, but over the years critical appreciation has steadily grown, and she is now recognized as a major figure in American literature. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 29, 1962

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000363
Architectural style
Federal
Area of significance
Literature
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Institutional housing
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1813; 1855; 1886

Update Log 

  • March 17, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett

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