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Title: Rudolf Schmidt to Walt Whitman, 3 November 1882

Date: November 3, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03748

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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3th Nov 1882.

Dear W:W.

Received today "the Literary world" I am extremely glad for such papers. Ibsen is indeed a great poet—the rival and deadly foe of Bjørnson. I read with great pleasure in "Specimen days." I shall translate "The death of Abr Lincoln. But at present I have no leisure, I a writing tale after tale. In "Buster og masker" you will find yourself named in the essay on Elster, page 38 and in that on Paul de Saint-Victor page 195–96. Let someone translate these two pages (a comparison) to you. Can you not get "Buster og masker" mentioned in America?

Rudolf Schmidt


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