Emily Dickinson was born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts where she spent most of her life. She is well known for being a recluse and by the age of 30 is said to have rarely left her room. Throughout her life, however, she was a prolific poet, and on her death in 1886 her sister discovered nearly 1800 of her poems hand bound in several volumes. The first volume of her work was published posthumously in 1890, although much of her original punctuation, and some wording, was changed to fit with nineteenth-century conventions. It wasn’t until 1955 that the first and complete edition of her poetry was published in which the poems were printed as written in Dickinson’s original manuscripts. Dickinson is now widely regarded as one of America’s greatest poets.