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Catalog of the Walt Whitman Prose Manuscripts in the Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Original records created by the University of Chicago Library; revised and expanded by the Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Encoded Archival Description completed with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Individual items at this repository

  • Whitman Archive Title: The Bible as Poetry
  • Whitman Archive ID: uch.00006
  • Repository ID: Codex Ms 263
  • Repository Title: Whitman, Walt, 'The Bible as Poetry.' Manuscript
  • Date: 1883
  • Genre: prose
  • Physical Description: 10 leaves, handwritten
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  • Content: A manuscript draft of "The Bible as Poetry," with corrections and printing instructions scrawled in the margins. This manuscript has been mounted in a bound volume along with two images of Whitman; a letter from Whitman to Jeanette L. Gilder and Joseph B. Gilder, publishers of The Critic ; and a printed copy of "The Bible as Poetry." Only those leaves which comprise the prose manuscript have been included in this finding aid. Whitman's essay first appeared in the 3 February 1883 issue of The Critic , a literary magazine founded in 1881 by the Gilders. A revised version of the essay was later included in November Boughs (1888). The essay remained unchanged between 1888 and its inclusion in Complete Prose (1892).

  • Whitman Archive Title: [Established poems have the very great]
  • Whitman Archive ID: uch.00002
  • Date: about 1884
  • Genre: prose
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten; printed
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  • Content: A manuscript fragment composed on the verso of a page of a program or journal of the American Social Sciences Association, dated 1883–1884. This manuscript appears to be a draft fragment of "A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads," the introductory essay which first appeared in November Boughs (1888). "A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd roads" became the closing essay for Leaves of Grass , appearing in both the 1889 and 1892 printings of that work.

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