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Title: Gabriel Sarrazin to Walt Whitman, 11 July 1891

Date: July 11, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03741

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.

Editorial notes: The annotations, "see notes July 23 1891," and "noted 11/14/91," are in the hand of Horace Traubel.

Contributors to digital file: Ian Faith, Amanda J. Axley, Marie Ernster, and Stephanie Blalock

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Hȏtel Caranne,
Boulevard Saint-Germain,
11 Juillet 18911

Reached Paris, exceedingly tired, but my health is becoming better each day. Send me papers and works: my permanent address is my uncle's, in the country, as follows: M. Gabriel Sarrazin, aux bons soins de M. Léon Sarrazin, a Saint-Front-La Rivière, par Saint-Pardoux, (Dordogne)

Believe me, dear Walt,
always yours
Gabriel Sarrazin

Gabriel Sarrazin (1853–1935) was a translator and poet from France who commented positively not only on Whitman's work but also on Poe's. Whitman later corresponded with Sarrazin and apparently liked the critic's work on Leaves of Grass—Whitman even had Sarrazin's chapter on his book translated twice. For more on Sarrazin, see Carmine Sarracino, "Sarrazin, Gabriel (1853–1935)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. This postal card is addressed: Walt Whitman | Mickle Street, | Camden, | New Jersey | U.S.A. It is postmarked: Paris, 20 | 8E|11 | JUIL | 91 | 195, Bo ST GERMAIN; Camden, N.J. | JUL | 23 | 6 AM | 1891 | REC'D. [back]


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