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Title: Walt Whitman to Alexander Black, 12 May 1891

Date: May 12, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07066

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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From the Boston Eve'g Transcript, May 7, '91.—The Epictetus saying, as given by Walt Whitman in his own quite utterly dilapidated physical case, is, a "little spark of soul dragging a great lummux of corpse-body clumsily to and fro around."

Camden N J
May 12

Couldn't remember distinctly enough to authenticate the desk (the pict: hereby return'd as your note seems to involve)1—but I know I had a good time in the Times—& heartily send my best respects & love to the boys one & all now there—I send my last photo: Tack it up if you like on the wall you all most congregate.

Walt Whitman

Alexander Black (1859–1940) was the editor of the Brooklyn Times.


1. The image, reportedly showing Whitman's writing desk at the Brooklyn Times, was reproduced in Black's Time and Chance: Adventures With People and Print (New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1937), 74. [back]


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