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Title: Walt Whitman to the Editor of The North American Review, 4 November 1890

Date: November 4, 1890

Whitman Archive ID: loc.08253

Source: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 5:113. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Ryan Furlong, Amanda J. Axley, and Stephanie Blalock

Camden New Jersey
Nov: 4 1890

Dear Sir:

I am getting ready an article headed National Literature1 w'd make probably six to eight pages in the Review—will send the MS on in less than ten days.

Thank you for pay of "Old Poets"2—the receipt herewith,

Walt Whitman

The North American Review was the first literary magazine in the United States. The journalist Charles Allen Thorndike Rice (1851–1889) edited and published the magazine in New York from 1876 until his death. After Rice's death, Lloyd Bryce became owner and editor.


1. Whitman published "Have We a National Literature?" in the March 1891 issue of The North American Review[back]

2. Whitman sent "Old Poets" to the North American Review on October 9. He returned proof on October 18 and was paid $75 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). The article appeared in the November 1890 issue. [back]


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