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Title: Office of The Critic to Walt Whitman, 30 September 1884

Date: September 30, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07081

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.

Related item: On the back of this partial letter to Whitman from the office of The Critic is a draft of Whitman's essay "Five Thousand Poems," first published in The Critic, number 172, April 16, 1887. It was later reprinted in Democratic Vistas and Other Papers (London, 1888), and November Boughs (1888). The language on this leaf appears nearly verbatim in "Five Thousand Poems."

Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Ian Faith, Nicole Gray, and Stephanie Blalock

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The Critic
20 Astor Place
New York
Sept. 30 1884

Dear Mr. Whitman:

Enclosed please find cheque for [illegible] [illegible]1

Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849–1916) and her brother Joseph Benson Gilder (1858–1936) edited The Critic together from 1881 to 1906. For more information on Jeannette Gilder, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Jeannette L. (1849–1916)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. The rest of this letter has been cut away. [back]


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