Cynthia Nixon to Star as Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion

By Jason Boog Comment

Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon will star as Emily Dickinson in an upcoming film about the life of the poet

House of Mirth director Terence Davies wrote the script for A Quiet Passion and will helm the biopic. You can compare Dixon’s photograph with the daguerreotype of a teenage Dickinson (embedded above).

Dixon told The Hollywood Reporter: “When I read what Terence had written, I was consumed by the character he had so beautifully put on the page … Dickinson’s words and Terence’s somehow dovetail to create a heady elixir. When I put the script down, I knew it was a story that I simply have to be part of.”

If you want to read some of her work, follow this link download a free eBook version of the complete poems of Emily Dickinson. For a glimpse of the poet, check out Amherst College’s copy of a possible Dickinson daguerreotype. (Via Maud Newton)