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A Quiet Passion

2016 Biography

A young Emily Dickinson (Nixon) is born into privilege in Armherst, Massachusetts, in 1803. She’s a fiercely intelligent woman who is never shy about her opinions on life, art, and the place of women in a patriarchal society. She often clashes with her father about her behavior, and is not content to just sit on the sidelines because of gender inequality. She begins to write poetry to vent her feelings and share her opinions with the world. Her encounters with her family and guests teach her about the world.

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