Emily Dickinson

1847–1848: Boarding School and a Return Home

Summary 1847–1848: Boarding School and a Return Home

Dickinson's father introduced her to a young man from his law office named Benjamin Franklin Newton. Newton had joined the office in 1847 when Dickinson was away at school. He was a frequent visitor to the Dickinson house, often talking about Transcendentalism in the Dickinsons' parlor. Benjamin and Dickinson hit it off at once and began spending a great deal of time together. They took long walks, admired and identified rare flora, and discussed and debated literature. Dickinson even consented to show Benjamin some of her poetry. Benjamin was impressed by Dickinson's work, but told her she would have to work extremely hard to become great. This encouraged her and she came to think of Newton as a tutor of sorts. He recommended authors to her and she read nearly every book he suggested. At this time, Dickinson particularly enjoyed Dickens and Longfellow, whom she tended to quote in conversation.

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