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Title: William H. Rideing to Walt Whitman, 16 December 1890

Date: December 16, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02918

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 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.

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The North American Review.
3 East Fourteenth Street, New York.
December 16, 1890

Dear Mr. Whitman:1

We intended to use your article on National Literature2 in the January number, but unforseen circumstances prevented us. Probably it will go into the February number, and in any event you shall have the proofs you ask for.

I am
Faithfully yours,
William H. Rideing

To Walt Whitman, Esq.

William Henry Rideing (1853–1918) was an American newspaper editor and author who began his career at the New York Tribune, and worked at various times for the New York Times, Newark News, Springfield Republican, and Boston Journal. From 1881 to his death, Rideing was the Associate Editor of The Youth's Companion and, in 1889, became an assistant editor at the North American Review. He is also author of several books, including A Little Upstart: A Novel (Boston: Cupples, Upham, and Co. 1885), The Captured Cunarder: An Episode of the Atlantic (Boston: Copeland and Day, 1896), and George Washington (New York: Macmillan, 1916). For more information, see his obituary, "William H. Rideing, Boston Editor, Dead" in The Boston Globe (August 23, 1918), 6.


1. Whitman has drawn a line through this letter in black ink. [back]

2. Whitman's essay "Have We a National Literature?" was published in The North American Review 125 (March 1891), 332–338. [back]


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