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Title: Walt Whitman to Karl Knortz, 14 June 1886

Date: June 14, 1886

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00486

Source: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:31–32. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray

328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey1
June 14 '86

Dear Sir

Yours rec'd & I send you a few names I would like to have the address forwarded to.2 I am ab't as usual in health. I wish you to keep me posted of any thing that occurs—& I will you.

Walt Whitman

Edward Carpenter, Millthorpe, near Chesterfield, England
W S Kennedy, Belmont, Mass:
T W Rolleston, Editor University Magazine3 Dublin Ireland
Wm M Rossetti, 5 Endsleigh Gardens, Euston Square, London n w
(Dante Rossetti is dead)
Mrs: B F C Costelloe, 40 Grosvenor Road, Westminster, London S W
Ernest Rhys, 59 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London S W England
J Addington Symonds, Davos Platz, Graubünden Switzerland
E C Stedman 45 E 30th St New York City
Prof: Edward Dowden, Temple Road, Winstead, Rathmines Dublin

Karl Knortz (1841–1918) was born in Prussia and came to the U.S. in 1863. He was the author of many books and articles on German-American affairs and was superintendent of German instruction in Evansville, Ind., from 1892 to 1905. See The American-German Review 13 (December 1946), 27–30. His first published criticism of Whitman appeared in the New York Staats-Zeitung Sonntagsblatt on December 17, 1882, and he worked with Thomas W. H. Rolleston on the first book-length translation of Whitman's poetry, published as Grashalme in 1889. For more information about Knortz, see Walter Grünzweig, "Knortz, Karl (1841–1918)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. This letter is addressed: Dr Carl Knortz | 540 East 155th Street | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden | Jun | 14 | (?)PM | (?) | N.J. [back]

2. Knortz's lecture: Walt Whitman. Vortrag gehalten im Deutschen Gesellig-Wissenschaftlichen Verein von New York am 24. März 1886 (1886). [back]

3. On August 4, 1885, Rolleston had informed Whitman that he was the editor of the Dublin University Review, which "aims at introducing Nationalist thought amongst the upper classes in Ireland." [back]


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