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Emily Dickinson is frequently imagined as a mysterious figure who lived inside a poetic world of her own making and showed little interest in the world outside her mind. While it is true she led a reclusive life in Amherst, Massachusetts, Dickinson nevertheless was actively involved in many of the most current intellectual, political, and cultural trends of her time through her reading, letter-writing, and interactions with socially prominent family members and friends. She was a gifted pianist, with a strong interest in the popular music of her time, and a skilled gardener of some renown.

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