Saturday, September 08, 2012

Emily Images

Photographs of Emily Dickinson are rare. So rare, that experts are only sure about one of them:

At the moment, there's another photo that *might* be a later picture of her, with a friend. Scholars are trying to figure out if it's her, which turns out to be a harder exercise than you might think.

Kelly said perhaps the best evidence is an ophthalmological report that compared similarities in the eyes and facial features of the women in the photos. "I believe strongly that these are the same people," concluded the doctor who wrote the report. Researchers are also trying to get higher resolution pictures of the dress in the picture, to see if it matches fabric samples known to belong to Dickinson.
On vague impression,
they will not rely.
Instead they've gone
all CSI.

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