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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to Karl Knortz, 10 January 1884

Date: January 10, 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), 3:362. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00476

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




431 Stevens Street
Camden New Jersey
Jan: 10 '84

Dear Sir

Yes, I have rec'd the Dresden pamphlet1—I enclose you a late article of mine from the Critic2—I keep about as usual in health this winter—How do you get on with your new book?


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
Karl Knortz (1841–1918) was born in Prussia and came to the U.S. in 1863. He was the author of many books and articles on German-American affairs and was superintendent of German instruction in Evansville, Ind., from 1892 to 1905. See The American-German Review 13 (December 1946), 27–30. His first published criticism of Whitman appeared in the New York Staats-Zeitung Sonntagsblatt on December 17, 1882, and he worked with Thomas W. H. Rolleston on the first book-length translation of Whitman's poetry, published as Grashalme in 1889. For more information about Knortz, see Walter Grünzweig, "Knortz, Karl (1841–1918)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).

Notes:

1. Rolleston's lecture (see the letter from Whitman to William D. O'Connor of August 29, 1883). [back]

2. "A Backward Glance on My Own Road." [back]


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