Life & Letters

Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to William Sloane Kennedy, 24 May 1882

Date: May 24, 1882

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:281. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The Trent Collection of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00762

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray




Camden New Jersey
May 24 '82

Thanks for the beautiful & opportune book1—just come to hand—I am about as usual in health—


Walt Whitman


Notes:

1. Kennedy's biography of Longfellow was published in Cambridge, Mass., in 1882. In an undated letter, written in late May or early June, Kennedy referred to the Boston censorship: "I know you are as serene as a mountain, though you are a grand old god, with all your faults. . . . It has taken me three years to get y'r parallax & calculate your dimensions" (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.). [back]


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