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Catalog of the Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in the Joel A. Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Rare Books & Special Collections, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina.

Original records created by the Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, based on information from Rare Books & Special Collections, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina. Encoded Archival Description completed with the assistance of the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation, the University of Nebraska Research Council, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Title: Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in the Joel A. Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Rare Books & Special Collections, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina

Collection Number: N/A


Creator:  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892


Repository:  Joel A. Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Rare Books & Special Collections

Abstract:
This catalog was created from a digital image of the original manuscript and cataloguing information obtained by the Walt Whitman Archive from the Department of Special Collections, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, where the original manuscript is held.

Scope and Content: 
The University of South Carolina has two Whitman poetry manuscripts, described below, and two photographs of the poet. One of the photographs and one of the manuscripts bear the signature of Stanley Kimmel on the verso.

Biographical Information:
For additional biographical information, see "Walt Whitman," by Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, and the chronology of Whitman's Life.

Subjects:
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892;  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Manuscripts; Poets, American--19th century



Whitman Archive Title: Annex at 69
Whitman Archive ID: usc.00003
Date: about 1888
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 9.2 x 21.3 cm, handwritten
View images: 1
Content: This manuscript contains titles for a contemplated cluster of poems, "Annex at 69" and "Fancies at Navesink & other pieces 1883 to 88." The poem sequence "Fancies at Navesink" first appeared in the August 1885 issue of Nineteenth Century. The eight poems from this sequence were then reprinted in a section of November Boughs entitled "Sands at Seventy" in 1888, which then became an annex to Leaves of Grass that same year. The poems reappeared under the heading "Fancies at Navesink," although still part of "Sands at Seventy," in 1891. The manuscript was matted, along with a Frederick Gutekunst photograph of Whitman. Because of the matting, the verso of the manuscript is not accessible.



Whitman Archive Title: Veil with their lids, &c
Whitman Archive ID: usc.00001
Repository Title: "Veil with their lids," Manuscript poem
Date: about 1870
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 1 leaf, 23 x 14.1, handwritten
View images: 1 | 2
Content: This is a manuscript of the poem, "Veil with their lids, &c," unpublished in Whitman's lifetime. The poem is apparently based on a photograph of Whitman possibly taken by the photographer, William Kurtz, in the 1860s. A note at the top of the manuscript, in Whitman's hand, reads, "p. 10 Passage to India," indicating that the poem might have been intended for inclusion in the volume of that name (Passage to India) published in 1870. The lines seem to anticipate the poem, "Out from Behind This Mask," first published in the New York Tribune on February 19, 1876.




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Repository Contact Information:

Thomas Cooper Library
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208


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