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Title: Walt Whitman to Sidney Lanier, 27 May [1878]

Date: May 27, 1878

Source: Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004), vol. 7.

Location: Lanier Collection, The Johns Hopkins University

Whitman Archive ID: jhu.00002

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray



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Camden New Jersey1

May 27—I have to-day sent by mail, same address as this card, my Volume Leaves of Grass—Please notify me (by postal card will do) soon as it reaches you safely2


Walt Whitman


Notes:

1. This post card bears the address: Sidney Lanier | 33 Denmead Street | Baltimore | Md: It is postmarked: Camden | May | 27 | N.J. [back]

2. On May 5, 1878, Lanier informed Whitman that he had discovered a copy of Leaves of Grass in Bayard Taylor's library and had "spent a night of glory and delight upon it." Now "among your most earnest lovers," he ordered a copy of the book (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden [Boston: Small, Maynard, 1906], 1:208). Lanier's ardor was short-lived. [back]


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