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The reclusive Emily Dickinson sent letters and poems to a Massachusetts writer and abolitionist for more than thirty years. After her death, he played a key role in revealing Dickinsonâ��s poetic genius to the world. The story and legacy of their unlikely and enduring friendship.
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