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Write a new burial service

  • Whitman Archive Title: Write a new burial service
  • Whitman Archive ID: med.00733
  • Repository: Catalog of Unlocated Walt Whitman Manuscripts
  • Date: 1850s
  • Genre: prose
  • Physical Description: number of leaves unknown, handwritten
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  • Content: A manuscript comprised of two short sentences, known only from a transcription in Notes & Fragments , ed. Richard Maurice Bucke (London, Ontario: A. Talbot & Co., printers, 1899), 56. Because the manuscript has not been located it is difficult to speculate on the circumstances or date of its composition, but Edward Grier argues that the "liturgical intention" of this manuscript suggests a date in the 1850s ( Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 4:1313).

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