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Title: Walt Whitman to the Editors of the Springfield Republican, [8 September 1882]

Date: September 8, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: mid.00020

Source: Abernethy Library of American Literature, Middlebury College, VT. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:304. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

for your paper of Sunday 10th if wanted1

book will be out 15th

"Specimen Days"

Walt Whitman's new volume of autobiography and collected prose writings, just being brought out by Rees Welsh & Co., of Philadelphia, the present publishers of "Leaves of Grass," contains the following:2


1. This letter is addressed: Editors | Republican daily newspaper | Springfield | Mass. [back]

2. On September 8 Whitman sent notices of the publication of Specimen Days to the Springfield Republican as well as to the New York Times, the New York Tribune, the New York World, and the Philadelphia Press (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). The Republican printed two columns of excerpts on September 10 (Specimen Days, ed. Floyd Stovall [New York: New York University Press, 1963], 133–136, 282–283). The World printed a brief announcement on the same date. Apparently the Times and the Tribune did not give Whitman's book publicity. [back]


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