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Walt Whitman to the Editors of the Critic, 17 December 1886


I send the Tennyson piece1—in hopes it will suit you & in hopes you will have it put in type to-day, so you can send me a proof this evening—which I will get to-morrow Sunday & return in the evening—Any how at the worst you would get it not later than Tuesday forenoon. The price of the piece is $10—

Walt Whitman  loc.01413.002_large.jpg To Editor, | The Critic | Miller 1464.1

The editor of the Critic from 1881 to 1906 was Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849–1916), who wrote that "one of the things of which I am most proud is that the Critic was the first publication of its class to invite Walt Whitman to contribute to its pages" (Charles N. Elliot, Walt Whitman as Man, Poet, and Friend [Boston: Richard G. Badger, The Gorham Press, 1915], 97). She was assisted in her editorial work by her brother Joseph Benson Gilder (1858–1936). For more information, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Jeannette L. (1849–1916)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


  • 1. "A Word about Tennyson" appeared in the Critic on January 1, 1887. See also Whitman's letters to the editors of the Critic of December 15, 1886, and of December 1886. [back]
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