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[June 26 '59]

  • Whitman Archive Title: [June 26 '59]
  • Whitman Archive ID: med.00774
  • Repository: Catalog of Unlocated Walt Whitman Manuscripts
  • Date: about 1859
  • Genre: prose, poetry
  • Physical Description: number of leaves unknown, handwritten
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  • Content: Edward F. Grier includes a transcription of this missing manuscript in Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts (New York University, 1984), 405–410. Grier's transcription is pieced together from "photostats of six surviving pages" (held in the Harned collection at the Library of Congress) and from two partial transcriptions, made by Emory Holloway and currently held at the University of Kansas, as well as Clifton Joseph Furness's Walt Whitman's Workshop: A Collection of Unpublished Manuscripts (Harvard University Press, 1928) and Emory Holloway's The Uncollected Poetry and Prose of Walt Whitman (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1921). This manuscript includes an early draft of "In Paths Untrodden," first published as the first section of "Calamus" in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass . Also included in this manuscript is a draft of "That Shadow My Likeness," first published in New-York Saturday Press 4 February 1860 as "Poemet." This poem later appeared as "Calamus No. 40," Leaves of Grass (1860); as "That Shadow My Likeness," Leaves of Grass (1867); and, with slight changes in the text, in Leaves of Grass (1881–1882). Other portions of this manuscript are suggestive of "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking", first published in New-York Saturday Press (24 December 1859) as "A Child's Reminiscence." This poem later appeared as "A Word Out of the Sea," Leaves of Grass (1860); as "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," in "Sea-Shore Memories," Passage to India (1871); and finally in "Sea-Drift," Leaves of Grass (1881–1882).

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