She did not live to experience her breakthrough as a poet, but today she is considered one of the pioneers of literary modernity – the American lyricist Emily Dickinson (1830–1886). She left behind a life’s work of manuscripts on scraps of paper, note pads and letters – and a last wish, that these were to be burned. Emily’s younger sister Lavinia did not fulfill her wish – and thus preserved the ingenious manuscript-objects for posterity.
The typeface family “Emily In White” is named after Emily Dickinson’s habit of dressing in white clothes. Her delicate handwriting has been described as “breezing” and “reminding of bird tracks”.