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Title: Walt Whitman to Unidentified Correspondent, (?) September(?) 1891(?)

Date: September(?) (?), 1891(?)

Whitman Archive ID: prc.00144

Source: Private Collection of Henry Goldsmith. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 5:249. 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

September ?, 1891

Thank you deeply for the notice of Good–Bye1 & me generally in the paper of Sept 32—Its printed lines toss back upon me the vitality & lovingness I seek to put in L of G. & skips the poor points—I wish the writer of the notice to have this card, with my best gratitude.

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. Whitman's book Good-Bye My Fancy (1891) was his last miscellany, and it included both poetry and short prose works commenting on poetry, aging, and death, among other topics. Thirty-one poems from the book were later printed as "Good-Bye my Fancy 2d Annex" to Leaves of Grass (1891–1892), the last edition of Leaves of Grass published before Whitman's death in March 1892. For more information see, Donald Barlow Stauffer, "'Good-Bye my Fancy' (Second Annex) (1891)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]

2. Since Good–bye My Fancy was widely reviewed at this time, it is almost impossible to determine which publication WW referred to. [back]


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