Education: Out of the Top Drawer

New England Poet-Recluse Emily Dickinson was not stingy with her handiwork. After writing her simple but often cryptic verses at her bedroom writing table, she usually sent them off in letters to friends, or attached them to gifts of cakes and flowers for her brother Austin and his family, who lived next door in Amherst, Mass. But the poems that Emily Dickinson liked best or thought too personal to share she copied on small sheets of note paper; then she sewed them into little booklets with colored string and stored them away in her...

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