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Veil with their lids, &c

  • Whitman Archive Title: Veil with their lids, &c
  • Whitman Archive ID: usc.00001
  • Repository: Catalog of the Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscripts in the Joel A. Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Rare Books & Special Collections, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina.
  • Repository Title: "Veil with their lids," Manuscript poem
  • Date: about 1870
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, 23 x 14.1, handwritten
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  • Content: A manuscript of the poem "Penitenzia," unpublished in Whitman's lifetime. The poem is apparently based on a photograph of Whitman possibly taken by the photographer, William Kurtz, in the 1860s. A note at the top of the manuscript, in Whitman's hand, reads, "p. 10 Passage to India," indicating that the poem might have been intended for inclusion in the volume of that name ( Passage to India ) published in 1870. An earlier draft of this poem appears in a notebook now in the Feinberg Collection at the Library of Congress and was the basis for a version titled "Mask with Their Lids," published in Clifton J. Furness's Walt Whitman's Workshop and Harold W. Blodgett and Scully Bradley's Leaves of Grass: Comprehensive Reader's Edition . The lines seem to anticipate the poem, "Out from Behind This Mask," first published in the New York Tribune on February 19, 1876.

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