A Second Photo of Emily Dickinson

Joe Nickell

in Real or Fake

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125343
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135229 | DOI:
A Second Photo of Emily Dickinson

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This chapter investigates the authenticity of the second photo of Emily Dickinson, depicting her at about age twenty-nine, whereas history had seemed to bequeath only a single photograph of the poet at about seventeen years of age. The lack of provenance and the other historical evidence weigh heavily against the photograph's authenticity, so the matter must be settled on the basis of the likeness itself. Forensic analysis was also used in this case, confirming the spuriousness of the second photograph.

Keywords: photograph; Emily Dickinson; provenance; historical evidence; likeness; forensic analysis

Chapter.  2131 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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