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Walt Whitman to the Editor, Cosmopolitan, 9 April 1888

Dear Sir

Can you use this?—the price would be $12.491

Walt Whitman

The Cosmopolitan magazine was first published in 1886 by publishers Schlicht & Field of New York; it was billed as a "family magazine." Paul Schlicht acted as the magazine's initial editor. Whitman published one poem in the magazine, "Shakespeare Bacon's Cipher," in October 1887.


  • 1. "To Get the Real Lilt of Songs" was returned, but appeared in the New York Herald on April 16 as "The Final Lilt of Songs." The title in November Boughs (1888) was "To Get the Final Lilt of Songs." [back]
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