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Walt Whitman to the Editors of the Critic, 27 July 1886

 loc.01416.003_large.jpg My dear friends

If you can use this,2 the price would be $10—and 20 slips from the proof, after correction. Send me proof here, & I will return forthwith.

Walt Whitman  loc.01416.004_large.jpg To Editors Personal  loc.01416.001_large.jpg  loc.01416.002_large.jpg

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. This letter is addressed: Editors | Critic | weekly paper | 20 Astor Place | New York City. The return address is: Walt Whitman | Camden | New Jersey. It is postmarked: CAMDEN | JUL | 27 | 4 30 PM | 1886 | N.J.; D | 7-27-86 | 7 P | N.Y. [back]
  • 2. The next poem by Whitman to appear in The Critic was "Yonnodio" in the November 1887 issue. [back]
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