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Walt Whitman to the Editor of The North American Review, 4 November 1890

Dear Sir:

I am getting ready an article headed National Literature1 w'd make probably six to eight pages in the Review—will send the MS on in less than ten days.

Thank you for pay of "Old Poets"2—the receipt herewith,

Walt Whitman

The North American Review was the first literary magazine in the United States. The journalist Charles Allen Thorndike Rice (1851–1889) edited and published the magazine in New York from 1876 until his death. After Rice's death, Lloyd Bryce became owner and editor.


  • 1. Whitman published "Have We a National Literature?" in the March 1891 issue of The North American Review. [back]
  • 2. Whitman sent "Old Poets" to the North American Review on October 9. He returned proof on October 18 and was paid $75 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). The article appeared in the November 1890 issue. [back]
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