Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was among America's most perceptive and sensitive poets.
After visiting Philadelphia and Washington with her father (now a congressman) at age 23, she withdrew from public view to the family home and lived the rest of her life in near seclusion.
"The Belle of Amherst," as she is now called, retired to her room and wrote. And wrote. And wrote, becoming world famous only after her death.