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Scholars Believe They Have Second Known Photo Of Emily Dickinson

Scholars at Amherst College believe a local collector may have obtained what would be just the second known photo of reclusive poet Emily Dickinson. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

The college says a collector who wishes to remain anonymous bought the photo in 1995 in Springfield and brought it to the college in 2007. They say they've been researching it since. It was shown publicly last month.

The photo from 1859 appears to show Dickinson sitting next a friend.

The college says they have good evidence it's Dickinson, including a detailed comparison of the eyes of the woman in the photo with a known photo of Dickinson from 1847. It hasn't been definitively confirmed.

The college says if it is Dickinson, it shows the Amherst native as a mature woman with a striking presence.

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Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.