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Emily Norcross Dickinson

"When we were children and she journeyed, she always brought us something. Now, would she bring us but herself, what an only gift" (L792)

Letter from Dickinson to Mrs. J.G. Holland, Mid-December 1882

from The Letters of Emily Dickinson by Thomas H. Johnson
and An Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia by Jane Donahue Eberwein, Ed.

(1804 - 1882)The wife of Edward Dickinson and mother of Austin, Emily, and Lavinia, Emily Norcross was a traditional maternal figure. Her views on literature, faith, and the role of women in the home differed from those of her most notable daughter.