Title: A City Walk
Creator: Walt Whitman
Date: About 1855
Whitman Archive ID: uva.00292
Source: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.
Editorial note: This may have been an early conception of the poem that was eventually titled "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," first published as "Sun-Down Poem" in the 1856 edition of Leaves of Grass. The heading of this manuscript reads "A City Walk," which may be suggestive of the tentative title "City of Walks and Joys," the name Whitman originally assigned to "Calamus" 18 in his "Blue Book" revisions of the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass. This title was changed in the "Blue Book" to "City of orgies, walks and joys" and finally became "City of Orgies" in the 1867 edition. This manuscript was likely written around 1855.
Notes written on manuscript: On leaf 1 recto, in unknown hand: "2"; on leaf 1 recto, in unknown hand: "V"
Contributors to digital file: Janel Cayer, Jeannette Schollaert, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth M. Price
A City Walk:
Just a list of all that is seen in a walk through the streets of Brooklyn & New York,—and crossing the ferry.