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  • Emily Dickinson spent a year at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, but returned home due to homesickness. She seldom left her home. Later in life, she seldom left her room.
  • An Emily Dickinson poem, "If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking," which Amanda read aloud at the lectern, after first welcoming everybody and thanking them for coming.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I mouth the names I read off the spines, at least the ones I can make out: Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • That theatrical moment was only rivaled five years ago when an elegantly intoxicated friend sang Emily Dickinson’s "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas."
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves

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  • I was determined that before our last leave-taking Sophie and Nathan would hear my voice; the indecency of the Reverend DeWitt having the final word was more than I could abide, and so I thumbed diligently through the section generously allotted to Emily Dickinson, in search of the loveliest statement I could find.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He made Allie go get his baseball mitt and then he asked him who was the best war poet, Rupert Brooke or Emily Dickinson.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • Andrews averaged fifteen to twenty books a week; his taste encompassed both trash and belle-lettres, and he liked poetry, Robert Frost’s particularly, but he also admired Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and the comic poems of Ogden Nash.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I am fond of Miss Emily Dickinson: No snikcidy lime, a contrary name with a delicious sour-green taste.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Yours with great admiration, Hazel Grace Lancaster (age 16) After I sent it, I called Augustus back, and we stayed up late talking about An Imperial Affliction, and I read him the Emily Dickinson poem that Van Houten had used for the title, and he said I had a good voice for reading and didn’t pause too long for the line breaks, and then he told me that the sixth Price of Dawn book, The Blood Approves, begins with a quote from a poem.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • I mean, if you look at all the great people in history — Einstein, Michelangelo, Emily Dickinson — then you’re looking at a bunch of weird people.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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  • Or your beloved Emily Dickinson?
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • But it is hard to argue with Emily Dickinson.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • "Like Emily Dickinson, I ain’t afraid of slant rhyme / And that’s the end of this verse; emcee’s out on a high."
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • I think of Flaubert, who spent most of his adult life in the same French village, or Emily Dickinson, whose poems echoed the cadence of the local church bells.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • I would end up in the art building, making instant coffee in the basement, and then sit for hours reading Emily Dickinson or Louise Bogan in the spring-shot sofas and chairs spotted throughout the building.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • So, partly as a result of having internalized these attitudes through growing up with them, and partly as a result of growing a skin to protect myself against them, I went for years half-avoiding and half- resisting the opulence and extensiveness of poets as different as Wallace Stevens and Rainer Maria Rilke; crediting insufficiently the crystalline inwardness of Emily Dickinson, all those forked lightnings and fissures of association; and missing the visionary strangeness of Eliot.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • Less see…" I watch as she puts checkmarks next to the books: The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois, poems by Emily Dickinson (any), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • One need not be a Chamber — to be Haunted One need not be a House — The Brain has Corridors — surpassing Material Place — Ourself behind ourself, concealed — Should startle most — Assassin hid in our Apartment Be Horror’s least…… — EMILY DICKINSON, C. 1863.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Allie said Emily Dickinson.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • Before we fled Bethlehem’s drear libraries I had also recently read The Pilgrim’s Progress and Paradise Lost, which have weaker plot lines than Dr. Jekyll, and many other books Our Father does not know about, including the poems of Miss Emily Dickinson and Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque by Edgar Allan Poe.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson and Leaves of Grass.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • Adah Price EMORY UNIVERSITY, ATLANTA 1962 T ELL ALL THE TRUTH but tell it slant, says my friend Emily Dickinson.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • At Mother’s house I recently found my dusty Complete Emily Dickinson with its margins littered shockingly by my old palindromes: Evil deed live!
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • And it is the unappeasable pursuit of this note, a note tuned to its most extreme in Emily Dickinson and Paul Celan and orchestrated to its most opulent in John Keats, it is this which keeps the poet’s ear straining to hear the totally persuasive voice behind all the other informing voices.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • So that to read the quotations from top to bottom, column by column, was rather like walking through an emergency station set up in a flood area, where, for example, Pascal had been unribaldly bedded down with Emily Dickinson, and where, so to speak, Baudelaire’s and Thomas a Kempis’s toothbrushes were hanging side by side.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • I have nothing to say to that; I am just chewing through it when Margo says, "Emily Dickinson.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
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