Dating emily dickinsons poems
I find the evidence ambiguous at best.) Mabel Loomis Todd, a descendent of John and Priscilla Alden of Plymouth colony, moved to Amherst in 1881 when her astronomer husband, David Peck Todd, was appointed to the faculty of Amherst College. Both the Todds became friends of Austin and Susan -- in fact, Austin and Mabel had an affair.
Through Susan and Austin, Mabel met Lavinia and Emily.
A religious crisis seems to have been behind young Emily's decision to leave Mount Holyoke after a year, as she found herself unable to fully accept the religious orientation of those at the school. But gradually, she withdrew into her writing and her home, and became reclusive. In her later years, she did not leave her home's property, living in her home and garden.
Todd was sole editor of the third volume of poems, but kept to the editing principles they'd worked out together.