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Walt Whitman to the Editor, Century Illustrated Monthly Review, [(?) September 1888]

follow copy, punctuation &c—After reading first proof by copy, & correcting, please send me a good second proof.1 I send copy with it—Address Walt Whitman 328 Mickle street, Camden, New Jersey.

Walt Whitman

The editor of The Century at this time was Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909). Whitman had met Gilder for the first time in 1877 at John H. Johnston's (Gay Wilson Allen, The Solitary Singer [New York: New York University Press, 1955], 482), and considered Gilder one of the "always sane men in the general madness" of "that New York art delirium" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Sunday, August 5, 1888). For more about Gilder, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Richard Watson (1844–1909)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


  • 1. Whitman's poem, "Old Age's Lambent Peaks," was published in the September 1888 issue of The Century. He may be referring to proofs of this poem. [back]
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