Title: Are the prostitutes nothing?
Creator: Walt Whitman
Date: Between 1850 and 1855
Whitman Archive ID: duk.00889
Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from a digital image of the original manuscript. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.
Editorial note: This manuscript was likely written between 1850 and 1855 when Whitman was composing his first edition of Leaves of Grass. It includes a draft of a line from the third poem of the 1855 edition, a poem ultimately titled "To Think of Time."
Related item: On the back of this leaf is a partial draft of the final poem in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, ultimately titled "Great Are the Myths." See duk.00032.
Contributors to digital file: Andrew Jewell, Kenneth Price, Brett Barney, Nick Krauter, Lisa Renfro, Heather Morton, and Nicole Gray
Are the prostitutes nothing? Are the
mockers of religion nothing?
Does the light or heat pick out? Does
the attraction o of ^ gravity pick out?
(In remarks on myself
What they say of him
—he was just like other men—he shall
not be singled out.
—one of the common