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Walt Whitman to Sidney Lanier, 27 May [1878]


May 27—I have to-day sent by mail, same address as this card, my Volume Leaves of Grass—Please notify me (by postal card will do) soon as it reaches you safely2

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  • 1. This post card bears the address: Sidney Lanier | 33 Denmead Street | Baltimore | Md: It is postmarked: Camden | May | 27 | N.J. [back]
  • 2. On May 5, 1878, Lanier informed Whitman that he had discovered a copy of Leaves of Grass in Bayard Taylor's library and had "spent a night of glory and delight upon it." Now "among your most earnest lovers," he ordered a copy of the book (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Friday, May 25, 1888, 208). Lanier's ardor was short-lived. [back]
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