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Title: Joseph M. Stoddart to Walt Whitman, 21 November 1890

Date: November 21, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04675

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 note: The annotation, "1890," is in an unknown hand.

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Philadelphia, Nov. 21,

Walt Whitman, Esq.
Dear Mr. Whitman:—

I am going to do myself the pleasure of seeing you next week some day when I will bring over a copy of the picture and the poems that we have on hand, and discuss the matter of the article.2 In the meantime, I will send you within a day or two, 10 copies of the Magazine which does contain your poem "To The Sunset Breeze",3 and you can have as many more as you can use to advantage.

Yours truly
JM Stoddart

Joseph Marshall Stoddart (1845–1921) published Stoddart's Encyclopaedia America, established Stoddart's Review in 1880, which was merged with The American in 1882, and became the editor of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1886. On January 11, 1882, Whitman received an invitation from Stoddart through J. E. Wainer, one of his associates, to dine with Oscar Wilde on January 14 (Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades [Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1931], 235n).


1. Lippincott's Monthly Magazine was a literary magazine published in Philadelphia from 1868 to 1915. Joseph Marshall Stoddart was the editor of the magazine from 1886 to 1894, and he frequently published material by and about Whitman. For more information on Whitman's numerous publications here, see Susan Belasco, "Lippincott's Magazine." [back]

2. Stoddart had written to Whitman on October 10, 1890, about publishing a Whitman page in a future issue of Lippincott's. The March 1891 issue of the magazine (376–389) contained Whitman's portrait as a frontispiece, "Old Age Echoes" (including "Sounds of Winter," "The Unexpress'd," "Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!" and "After the Argument"), Whitman's "Some Personal and Old-Age Memoranda," Horace Traubel's "Walt Whitman: Poet and Philosopher and Man," and "The Old Man Himself. A Postscript." [back]

3. Whitman's "To the Sunset Breeze" was first published in Lippincott's Magazine in December 1890. [back]


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