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William Rideing to Walt Whitman, 17 October 1890

 loc_es.00076.jpg [cut-away] Whitman:—

[cut-away] inclose proofs1 of your [cut-away] Please read them and [cut-away] Return to us by the next [cut-away]without fail. I think [cut-away]leted one or two places [cut-away]ere is a lack of continuity [cut away] thness. But as a whole [cut-away] is excellent.

Yours Faithfully William H. Rideing [cut-away]tman Esq.  loc_es.00075.jpg

William Henry Rideing (1853–1918) was an American newspaper editor and author who began his career at the New York Tribune, and worked at various times for the New York Times, Newark News, Springfield Republican, and Boston Journal. From 1881 to his death, Rideing was the Associate Editor of The Youth's Companion and, in 1889, became an assistant editor at the North American Review. He is also author of several books, including A Little Upstart: A Novel (Boston: Cupples, Upham, and Co. 1885), The Captured Cunarder: An Episode of the Atlantic (Boston: Copeland and Day, 1896), and George Washington (New York: Macmillan, 1916). For more information, see his obituary, "William H. Rideing, Boston Editor, Dead" in The Boston Globe (August 23, 1918), 6.


  • 1. On October 3, 1890, William H. Rideing, the assistant editor of the North American Review, had written to Whitman and requested that the poet write an article of about "4000 words" on "Recent aspects of American literature" for "the sum of Two hundred dollars" or on "some other subject on which you would be more willing to write." Whitman sent his essay "Old Poets" to the magazine on October 9. Rideing responded with this letter, and he enclosed a proof of Whitman's piece. Whitman returned proof on October 18 and received $75 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]
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