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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



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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?

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(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


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