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Catalog of the Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in the George N. Meissner Collection, Department of Special Collections, Washington University Libraries, Washington University

Original records created by Department of Special Collections, Washington University Libraries, Washington University; revised and expanded by the Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Encoded Archival Description completed with the assistance of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the University of Nebraska Research Council, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


Title: Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in the George N. Meissner Collection, Department of Special Collections, Washington University Libraries, Washington University

Collection Number: N/A


Creator:  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892


Collector:  Meissner, George N.


Repository:  Department of Special Collections

Abstract:
This electronic catalog was created from the original catalog record created by the Department of Special Collections, Washington University, and obtained by The Walt Whitman Archive. The original manuscript and catalog record are held at the Department of Special Collections, Washington University Libraries, Washington University.

Scope and Content: 
The George N. Meissner Collection at Washington University contains a wide variety of manuscripts relating to a range of American and European politicians, artists, writers, and notables. The collection contains only one manuscript by Walt Whitman.

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: Thou Mother with Thy Equal Brood
Whitman Archive ID: wau.00001
Date: 1880–1882
Genre: poetry
Physical Description: 8 leaves, handwritten, printed
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Content: This is a printed proof with heavy corrections in Whitman's hand of the poem, "Thou Mother with Thy Equal Brood," which was first published in the New York Herald (26 June 1872), under the title, "As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free." On that same date, Whitman delivered the poem at the Dartmouth College commencement. Whitman published it later that year as the title poem in a small book, As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free: and Other Poems (1872). The title was later revised to "Thou Mother with Thy Equal Brood" when the poem was included in Leaves of Grass in 1881–1882.




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Repository Contact Information:

Department of Special Collections
Washington University
Campus Box 1061
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-1899


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