Belle of Amherst or Bride of Salem?

Susan Snively, poet and director emeritus of the Writing Center at Amherst College and currently a guide at the Emily Dickinson Museum, gave a presentation at the Salem Athenaeum on the poet’s private life, as glimpsed in fragments of letters between the “Belle of Amherst” and Otis Phillips Lord, a justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from Salem.

The Dickinson Daguerreotype

Riddle of Emily Dickinson

Rebecca Patterson. The Riddle of Emily Dickinson, 1951.

Emily Dickinson. Poems 1890

Emily Dickinson. Poems, 1890.

Emily Dickinson. (Johnson PF 113, AC 539a)

Emily Dickinson. (Johnson PF 113, AC 539a)