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Walt Whitman to the Editor of The Critic, 15 December [1886]

I think I should like to write a bit about Tennyson & the new Locksley Hall, &c:1—intended for your first page if you wish—ab't the usual length of my pieces—Will probably send it to you by or before Sunday next—

Walt Whitman

The editor of the Critic from 1881 to 1906 was Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849–1916), who wrote that "one of the things of which I am most proud is that the Critic was the first publication of its class to invite Walt Whitman to contribute to its pages" (Charles N. Elliot, Walt Whitman as Man, Poet, and Friend [Boston: Richard G. Badger, The Gorham Press, 1915], 97). She was assisted in her editorial work by her brother Joseph Benson Gilder (1858–1936). For more information, 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. "A Word about Tennyson" appeared in the Critic on January 1, 1887. See also Whitman's letter to the editors of the Critic on December 1886. According to an endorsement by Jeannette L. Gilder on May 19, 1902, this letter was in her possession at that time. [back]
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