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Real or FakeStudies in Authentication$
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Joe Nickell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125343

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125343.001.0001

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A Second Photo of Emily Dickinson

A Second Photo of Emily Dickinson

(p.123) Chapter 8 A Second Photo of Emily Dickinson
Real or Fake

Joe Nickell

University Press of Kentucky

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

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