Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet who was as prolific as she was private - fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems were published during her lifetime. Although Dickinson's acquaintances were most likely aware of her writing, it was not until after her death that the breadth of her work became apparent to the public. The end of her life was full of tragedy and as death succeeded death, Dickinson found her world upended. She fell ill and spent the last months of her life bedridden. Finally, after several days of worsening symptoms, she succumbed to her illness and died.