Martha Dickinson Bianchi
- Sue and Austin's daughter, she was Dickinson's niece.
She co-edited a volume of her aunt's poetry.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- One of the most famous poets of the nineteenth century,
English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning was one of Dickinson's
favorite writers. Browning's long prose poem Aurora Leigh
one of Dickinson's favorite works of fiction and made a huge impact
on her poetry. Dickinson borrowed many images from this work and
expounded upon them in her poems.
and publisher of the Springfield Daily Republican newspaper, which
was one of the most influential newspapers in the country during
the mid 1800s. Bowles was also a good friend of both Austin Dickinson
and Emily Dickinson.
- Dickinson's older brother, he married Dickinson's
best friend, Sue Gilbert. A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard
Law School, he later became treasurer of Amherst College and succeeded his
father Edward Dickinson in his law practice.
- Dickinson's father, and a lawyer and treasurer of
Amherst College. He was elected to the Massachusetts state legislature
and eventually became a U.S. representative in the Thirty Third
Congressional session (1853–1855).
- Dickinson's mother,
she was active in the Amherst community and won awards for her cooking
and gardening skills.
- Dickinson's younger sister, she discovered Dickinson's
stash of poems after Dickinson's death, and was responsible for
introducing the world to Dickinson's genius. She co-edited three
volumes of Dickinson's poetry.
- Dickinson's nephew, he was the son of Sue and Austin.
- Dickinson's closest
confidante, and wife to Austin Dickinson. Sue held informal salons
in her parlor and was an avid and intelligent reader. She and Dickinson
were literary kindred spirits and Dickinson sent her many poems
- Dickinson's nephew. A precocious child,
he died of typhoid fever at the age of eight.
Eliot was the pseudonym of Marian Evans, a renowned English novelist.
Her novel The Mill on the Floss
was a major influence
on Dickinson's writing, and Eliot's portrait hung on the wall of
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- A favorite writer of both Sue Gilbert Dickinson and
Emily Dickinson, Emerson was a major literary figure of the mid-1800s.
Through his essays, poems, and famous lectures, he became the leading voice
of Transcendentalism in America.
of Dickinson's suitors, he was a handsome, well-read student at
Amherst College with whom Dickinson spent a great deal of time.
college friend of Austin's and an early love interest of Dickinson's.
He was a theology student at Amherst College. He was rumored to
have proposed to Dickinson.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- He was a man of letters and a decorated army lieutenant
who was unusually forward thinking both socially and politically.
He was in favor of women's rights and abolition. The regiment he commanded
during the Civil War was the first black regiment in U.S. military
history. The movie Glory
is based on his book
about his experiences, which is titled Army Life in a Black
He and Emily Dickinson corresponded from 1862
until her death in 1886 and she considered him an indispensable
critic and mentor.
family friend, he was a Springfield doctor with a literary bent.
Holland joined Samuel Bowles on the Springfield Republican,
occasional book reviews. Dickinson enjoyed the Holland home for
its warmth and familial affection.
- A young man who worked in Edward Dickinson's law
office, he received a Valentine poem from Dickinson that so impressed
him, he sent it to the Springfield Republican
publication. The poem, Dickinson's first published work, was published anonymously.
- The young principal of the grammar school Dickinson
attended, he was a kind, supportive man. Humphrey recognized Dickinson's
intelligence early on, and lent her books from his library. As
she grew old her became a great friend. He died young.
- One of Dickinson's
oldest friends, she began writing for publication in the early
1860s. She wrote a number of novels and articles, as well as a work
of nonfiction titled A Century of Dishonor
history of the government's mistreatment of American Indians.
Judge Otis Lord
- A prominent lawyer, a political comrade of Edward
Dickinson, and a judge on the bench of Massachusetts' Superior
Court. He and Dickinson became unlikely friends despite their twenty-year
age difference, and hints of a romance emerged after Lord's wife
- A friend of Dickinson's in
the late 1840s and early 1850s, he worked in Edward Dickinson's
law firm. Newton was a radical thinker, favoring Transcendentalism
and introducing Dickinson to a number of books and ideas.
Mabel Loomis Todd
- One of Dickinson's Amherst neighbors, she was Austin
Dickinson's mistress from the early 1880s until his death. She
was fascinated by Dickinson, though the two never met face to face.
After Dickinson's death, Mabel Todd edited a volume of Dickinson's
poetry called A Bolt of Melody.
Dr. Charles Wadsworth
- A brilliant, brooding Presbyterian preacher whom
Dickinson met in Philadelphia during a visit to an old school friend.
The two corresponded by letter for many years, and when Wadsworth
moved to San Francisco, Dickinson fell ill, possibly from the shock
of his departure.
of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, he arrived in Salem from England
in 1630. Winthrop founded the settlement that later became Boston.