Emily Dickinson, class of 1849, is renowned for her poetry today. But during her lifetime she was probably better known for her black cake and gingerbread.
Christopher Benfey, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College, spoke about the poet and alum's passion for baking in an NPR Kitchen Sisters story.
“When Emily Dickinson bakes bread, there's something almost ecstatic about it, satisfaction of creativity," Benfey says.
In addition to writing expansive poetry, Emily Dickinson had a passion for baking, says MHC English professor Christopher Benfey.