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Walt Whitman to Thomas G. Gentry, 11 February 1884

Dear Sir

I am entirely willing you should print the piece, as you request1

Walt Whitman

Thomas Gentry (1843–1905) was an ornithologist from Philadelphia and had already published six books by the time he got into contact with Whitman. It appears that his turn to Whitman coincided with a growing alienation from his profession. For more on Gentry, see Ed Folsom, "The Mystical Ornithologist and the Iowa Tufthunter: Two Unpublished Whitman Letters and Some Identifications," Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 1:1 (1983), 18–29.


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