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Title: M. H. Spielmann to Walt Whitman, 24 July 1888

Date: July 24, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03942

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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La Belle Sauvage,
Ludgate Hill.
London, E.C.
July 24th 1888

Walt Whitman Esq.
Dear Sir,

After some months' delay I publish in this month's Magazine of Art (which will be next month's in America) your poem of "20 Years";1 and I should be glad to hear from you if you think the drawing in any way adequately expresses your feelings.

In the hope that your health has improved

I remain,
Faithfully yours
M.H. Spielmann

Marion Harry Alexander Spielmann (1858–1948) was an English editor, art critic, and scholar who edited both The Conoisseur and Magazine of Art (1887–1904). He was a major figure in British debates about developments in modern art. He also founded the weekly periodical Black and White in 1891. Black and White: A Weekly Illustrated Record and Review was a British weekly that published many well-known writers.


1. Spielmann is referring to Whitman's poem "Twenty Years," which was published in the Magazine of Art (August 1888). [back]


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