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Title: Walt Whitman to the Editors of The Critic, ? December 1886

Date: December ?, 1886

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00829

Source: The Trent Collection of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Related item: This note by Whitman appears at the top of the first page of the manuscript of "A Word about Tennyson."

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Marie Ernster, Stephanie Blalock, Paige Wilkinson, and Amanda J. Axley

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—follow copy—punctuation &c—If possible send me a proof Saturday night—which I will return Sunday night—

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Camden New Jersey1

The editor of the Critic from 1881 to 1906 was Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849–1916), who wrote that "one of the things of which I am most proud is that the Critic was the first publication of its class to invite Walt Whitman to contribute to its pages" (Charles N. Elliot, Walt Whitman as Man, Poet, and Friend [Boston: Richard G. Badger, The Gorham Press, 1915], 97). She was assisted in her editorial work by her brother Joseph Benson Gilder (1858–1936). For more information, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Jeannette L. (1849–1916)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. Whitman's "A Word about Tennyson" was published in The Critic on January 1, 1887. [back]


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