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Title: Walt Whitman to Jeannette L. and Joseph B. Gilder, 16 September 1884

Date: September 16, 1884

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:377. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00537

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray




328 Mickle street
Camden New Jersey
September 16 1884

My friends

Can you use this in the C[ritic]?1

The price would be $15—& 20 copies of the number—& of course I should want to see proof—(reserving the right to include in my future book)—


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849–1916) helped her brother, Richard Watson Gilder, edit Scribner's Monthly and then, with another brother, Joseph Benson Gilder, co-edited the Critic (which she co-founded in 1881). For more, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Jeannette L. (1849–1916)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).

Notes:

1. "What Lurks Behind Shakspeare's Historical Plays?" appeared in The Critic on September 27. Whitman sent it to The Nineteenth Century on August 8 and to The North American Review on September 1, the asking price being $50 (Whitman's Commonplace Book). The Critic paid him $15 (see the letter from Whitman to Joseph B. Gilder of October 1, 1884). [back]


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