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Walt Whitman to Karl Knortz, 10 January 1884

Dear Sir

Yes, I have rec'd​ the Dresden pamphlet1—I enclose you a late article of mine from the Critic2—I keep about as usual in health this winter—How do you get on with your new book?

Walt Whitman

Karl Knortz (1841–1918) was born in Prussia and came to the U.S. in 1863. He was the author of many books and articles on German-American affairs and was superintendent of German instruction in Evansville, Ind., from 1892 to 1905. See The American-German Review 13 (December 1946), 27–30. His first published criticism of Whitman appeared in the New York Staats-Zeitung Sonntagsblatt on December 17, 1882, and he worked with Thomas W. H. Rolleston on the first book-length translation of Whitman's poetry, published as Grashalme in 1889. For more information about Knortz, see Walter Grünzweig, "Knortz, Karl (1841–1918)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


  • 1. Rolleston's lecture (see the letter from Whitman to William D. O'Connor of August 29, 1883). [back]
  • 2. "A Backward Glance on My Own Road." [back]
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