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Walt Whitman to Jeannette L. and Joseph B. Gilder, 16 September 1884

My friends

Can you use this in the C[ritic]?1

The price would be $15—& 20 copies of the number—& of course I should want to see proof—(reserving the right to include in my future book)—

Walt Whitman

Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849–1916) helped her brother, Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909), edit Scribner's Monthly and then, with another brother, Joseph Benson Gilder (1858–1936), co-edited the Critic (which she co-founded in 1881). For more, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Jeannette L. (1849–1916)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


  • 1. "What Lurks Behind Shakspeare's Historical Plays?" appeared in The Critic on September 27. Whitman sent it to The Nineteenth Century on August 8 and to The North American Review on September 1, the asking price being $50 (Whitman's Commonplace Book). The Critic paid him $15 (see the letter from Whitman to Joseph B. Gilder of October 1, 1884). [back]
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