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In general civilization

  • Whitman Archive Title: In general civilization
  • Whitman Archive ID: pml.00008
  • Repository ID: MA 517
  • Repository: Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
  • Date: about 1890
  • Genre: prose
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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  • Content: Eighteen lines of prose in Whitman's hand, beginning "In general civilization" and concerning the formation of a "National Literature," written in pencil with corrections in purple crayon. This is a draft of the essay Whitman later published as "American National Literature" in Good-Bye My Fancy (1891). It is laid in one of Whitman's diaries of the war. The draft is composed on the inside of an envelope addressed to "Walt Whitman, Esq., Camden, N.J., Oct. 9(?), 1890" from the North American Review .

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