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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to Karl Knortz, 14 June 1886

Date: June 14, 1886

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:31–32. 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.00486

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




328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey1
June 14 '86

Dear Sir

Yours rec'd & I send you a few names I would like to have the address forwarded to.2 I am ab't as usual in health. I wish you to keep me posted of any thing that occurs—& I will you.


Walt Whitman



Edward Carpenter, Millthorpe, near Chesterfield, England
W S Kennedy, Belmont, Mass:
T W Rolleston, Editor University Magazine3 Dublin Ireland
Wm M Rossetti, 5 Endsleigh Gardens, Euston Square, London n w
England
(Dante Rossetti is dead)
Mrs: B F C Costelloe, 40 Grosvenor Road, Westminster, London S W
England
Ernest Rhys, 59 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London S W England
J Addington Symonds, Davos Platz, Graubünden Switzerland
E C Stedman 45 E 30th St New York City
Prof: Edward Dowden, Temple Road, Winstead, Rathmines Dublin
Ireland


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. This letter is addressed: Dr Carl Knortz | 540 East 155th Street | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden | Jun | 14 | (?)PM | (?) | N.J. [back]

2. Knortz's lecture: Walt Whitman. Vortrag gehalten im Deutschen Gesellig-Wissenschaftlichen Verein von New York am 24. März 1886 (1886). [back]

3. On August 4, 1885, Rolleston had informed Whitman that he was the editor of the Dublin University Review, which "aims at introducing Nationalist thought amongst the upper classes in Ireland." [back]


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