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Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays, John Hay Library, Brown University

Original records created by the Special Collections Division of Brown University Library; revised and expanded by the Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Encoded Archival Description completed with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Individual items at this repository

  • Whitman Archive Title: There will never come a time
  • Whitman Archive ID: brn.00004
  • Repository ID: Ms.30.94
  • Repository Title: There will never come a time : prose draft, [ca. 1840-1890]
  • Date: 1871-1875
  • Genre: prose
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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  • Content: This prose manuscript fragment, heavily revised, appears to be part of an early draft of the essay "Robert Burns," first published in the January 25, 1875 issue of Our Land and Time . Whitman revised and republished it several times. In Complete Prose Works (1892) the essay was titled "Robert Burns as Poet and Person." The draft is written on the reverse of the bottom half of a report by Secretary of the Treasury, George Boutwell, of the public debt as of January 31, 1871.

  • Whitman Archive Title: Five thousand Poems
  • Whitman Archive ID: brn.00005
  • Repository ID: Ms.30.93
  • Repository Title: Five thousand poems: essay, 1887, New York
  • Date: 1887
  • Genre: prose
  • Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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  • Content: This manuscript is a late draft, lightly corrected, of "Five Thousand Poems," an essay first published in The Critic April 16, 1887 and collected in Democratic Vistas and Other Papers (1888) and in November Boughs (1888).

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