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Walt Whitman to Charles A. Dana, 2 April 1882

My dear Dana1

Yes I am willing you should make extracts—Enclosed (suggestions of the moment) two or three slips from new edition—

Walt Whitman


  • 1. Charles A. Dana (1819–1897) was the editor of the New York Sun (see the letter from Whitman to Robert Carter of May 7, 1875). In The Household Book of Poetry (1882) Dana included six poems from Leaves of Grass: "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night," "A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim," "Great Are the Myths," "The Mystic Trumpeter," and excerpts from "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" and "Song of Myself" (section 35). [back]
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