Happy Birthday, Dearest Emily!

Happy Birthday, dearest Emily!

Emily Dickinson

Birthday Girl Emily Dickinson (Born 10 December 1830).

FIVE EVERYDAY FACTS ABOUT EMILY DICKINSON:

EMILY ELIZABETH WAS A MIDDLE CHILD, SANDWICHED BETWEEN OLDER BROTHER (WILLIAM) AUSTIN AND YOUNGER SISTER LAVINIA (NORCROSS).

SHE WAS KNOWN FOR HER SIMPLE WARDROBE OF MOSTLY WHITE CLOTHING.

EMILY HAD A PET NEWFOUNDLAND DOG NAMED CARLO.

SHE WAS A GIFTED BAKER.

EMILY WAS A DEDICATED AND WELL-EDUCATED GARDENER.

“I am out with lanterns, looking for myself.”-Emily Dickinson

23 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Dearest Emily!

  1. When I saw the headline in the email, I knew it could only be Emily Dickinson! Did you ever see the late, great Julie Harris play her in The Belle of Amhurst. She came to London with the production and I’m so glad I was able to see it. A magical night.

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  2. Great post! Today Emily Dickinson would have become 183-year-old. Many of us get fascinated by the deep meaningful poems by Emily Dickinson, even today, after more than a century. I also posted my respectful tribute to Emily Dickinson yesterday, on her 183rd Birthday, along with my favorite top ten poems, that were penned by Emily. Please feel free to visit it at the link below:
    http://dshenai.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/happy-183rd-birthday-emily-elizabeth-dickinson-december-10-2013/

    Make a great day!

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  4. AH! Happy Birthday! 🙂 YAY! I had no idea she was a gifted baker. I just can’t see Dickinson scraping together some cupcake icing onto her thumb and licking it off. It totally warps my image of her.

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    • You have to remember that she was a woman of her time. Even with household help, middle class women had a lot of domestic responsibilities-all of which they had to do the hard way, without our modern conveniences. You would be much harder pressed to find a woman writer of her time who did not, to one extent or another, spend chunks of time doing household chores. 🙂 Perhaps she was like me, and used her baking time to compose lines in her head? Baking is quite the creative outlet.

      PS-In the next century, Virginia Woolf was quite the crack bread baker.

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      • True. I wasn’t thinking that way at all, but duh. If I had my academic brain on maybe I would have thought that far but between teaching class and taking class I drown too much in that. Now Woolf I can totally see. For some reason I always imagine her in a black dress with a white apron, low bun. I can’t help it. I can definitely see the stains of baking all over that bakery.

        I actually love that Dickinson baked. It just makes me happy. I bake as well, composing lines..no, singing little stupid songs to myself that I make up, yes. I’m sure she was getting her line breaks just right, I can’t imagine her doing anything but. 🙂

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      • Ha, under those circumstances you are forgiven for dispensing with your academic brain for a bit! 🙂

        Virginia Woolf was not particularly domestic, but she was great at bread baking. That is a skill I plan on learning soon. It looks soothing, and I love being covered with flour (weird, I know). So, I am with you one that one: I can totally picture her in the kitchen, kneading dough.

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