Until now, we’ve only had one authenticated photo of the nineteenth century poet, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). The photo (above), taken when she was only 16 years old, shows Dickinson as a youngster in high school circa 1847, well before her literary career came into full bloom. That has been the only visual trace of her to date.
But now, as The Guardian reports, Amherst College thinks it has discovered an 1859 daguerreotype showing the poet with her friend Kate Scott Turner. When this newly-discovered image was taken, Emily (on the left below) was 28 years old and likely writing her mysterious master letters, as one Metafilter reader points out.