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Title: Walt Whitman to Karl Knortz, 20 April 1883

Date: April 20, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: med.00693

Source: The location of this manuscript is unknown. The transcription presented here is derived from Edwin Haviland Miller, "An Unpublished Whitman Postcard to Karl Knortz," Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, 9 (Winter 1992), 154. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Stefan Schöberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, and Nicole Gray

431 Stevens Street1
New Jersey
April 20—1883—

Thank you heartily for the German renderings2—which have been duly rec'd.

Walt Whitman


1. In 1883, Karl Knortz (1841–1918), the author of many articles on German-American affairs, was living in New York City. [back]

2. In his letters to Whitman that year Knortz frequently included "German renderings" of poems in Leaves of Grass. Later he assisted Thomas W. H. Rolleston in Grashalme (Zurich: Verlags-Magazin, 1889), a German translation of Leaves key to Whitman's influence in Germany. See Walter Grünzweig, Constructing the German Walt Whitman (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1995). [back]


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