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Catalog of the Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in the Walt Whitman Collection, The Library of Congress

Original finding aid completed by the Library of Congress; revised and expanded by The Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Encoded Archival Description completed with the assistance of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the University of Nebraska Research Council, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Individual items at this repository

  • Whitman Archive Title: Death of Gen. Grant
  • Whitman Archive ID: loc.00089
  • Date: ca. 1888
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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  • Content: A draft of the poem "Death of General Grant." The poem was first published in Harper's Weekly Magazine on May 16, 1885 under the title "As One by One Withdraw the Lofty Actors." It was later reprinted as "Grant" in the Critic on August 15, 1885. It finally appeared, in an altered form and under the title "Death of General Grant," in "Sands at Seventy" (first a part of November Boughs [1888] and then as an annex to the 1889 reprinting of Leaves of Grass ). Since this manuscript is titled "Death of Gen. Grant" and does not contain the poem's second verse (which Whitman cut from the "Sands at Seventy" version) it is likely that this copy was written in or around 1888, despite the note (in another hand) placing the date at 1885.

  • Whitman Archive Title: Interpolation Sounds
  • Whitman Archive ID: loc.00090
  • Date: ca. 1888
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, 28 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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  • Content: An early draft of the poem "Interpolation Sounds," first published in the New York Herald on August 12, 1888 under the title "Over and Through the Burial Chant." It was publised with the revised title in Good-Bye My Fancy (1891).

  • Whitman Archive Title: o the bleeding drops of red
  • Whitman Archive ID: loc.00091
  • Date: 1888
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten; printed
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  • Content: Handwritten notes and corrections on a printed copy of the poem "O Captain! My Captain!" Although the poem was first published in the Saturday Press on November 4, 1865 and later included in Sequel to Drum-Taps (1865-66), the corrections on this particular copy were made in early 1888, when the poem was reprinted in the Riverside Literature Series , Number 32 (January 1888). On the verso is a note from Whitman to the publishers of the Riverside Literature Series concerning corrections to be made to their printed version of the poem.

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