Kate Scott Turner (March 12, 1831, Cooperstown, New York – 1917) was a friend of Emily Dickinson and a poet herself.[1] She was also known as Kate Anthon.

Catherine Mary ("Kate") Scott was the daughter of Henry Scott of Cooperstown, New York.[2] She attended the Utica Female Seminary, where in 1848 she met Susan Gilbert, who married Emily Dickinson's brother Austin Dickinson.[3] The women remained friends until Susan's death[4] in 1913.[5]

In 1855, she married Campbell Ladd Turner, who died in 1857 of tuberculosis.[2][4] Turner was acquainted with Emily Dickinson through Susan, and they remained so until the mid-1860s.[3] Turner married for a second time in 1866 to John Hone Anthon, who died eight years later. She died in 1917 in England, having lived most of her life outside of the United States.[2]

She met Emily Dickinson in 1859.[2] From that time until about 1862, Dickinson sent her four poems.[3] One poem was sent with a pair of garters that Dickinson had knitted for her:

When Katie walks, this simple pair accompany her side,
When Katie runs unwearied they follow on the road,
When Katie kneels, their loving hands still clasp her pious knee —
Ah! Katie! Smile at Fortune, with two so knit to thee!
Emily Dickinson[3]

Dickinson developed "a revolutionary poetic style", according to a research paper by psychiatrist John F. McDermott,[6] following her relationship and rejection by Turner in 1861, which precipitated an emotional crisis and had a profound effect on her future work.[7]


  1. Rebecca Patterson (1951). The Riddle of Emily Dickinson. Houghton Mifflin.
  2. 'The World Is Not Acquainted With Us': A New Dickinson Daguerreotype?" Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Website. September 6, 2012.
  3. Emily Dickinson (June 1998). The Poems of Emily Dickinson. Harvard University Press. p. 1189. ISBN 978-0-674-67601-5.
  4. Wathira Nganga (September 5, 2012). "Amherst College claims to have rare photograph of Emily Dickinson". Amherst University. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  5. "Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson (1830–1913), sister-in-law". Emily Dickinson Museum. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  6. John F. McDermott, M.D. (May 2001). "Emily Dickinson Revisited: A Study of Periodicity in Her Work". American Journal of Psychiatry. 158 (5): 686–90.
  7. Keith Stern (2009). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals, and Transgenders. BenBella. ISBN 978-1-933771-87-8. The bulk of Dickinson’s poetry has been divided into two distinct phases, separated by an “emotional crisis” in 1861. .... But in April 1861 Anthon sent Dickinson a letter ending their relationship. Dickinson was devastated... The breakup triggered Dickinson’s second phase of poetic productivity, marked by even greater creativity... Kindle version. Kindle locations 4313–4329.