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My picture gallery

  • Whitman Archive Title: My picture gallery
  • Whitman Archive ID: uva.00061
  • Repository ID: #3829
  • Repository: Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts at the Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia
  • Box: 1
  • Folder: 58
  • Date: between 1850 and 1880
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, 10 x 15.5 cm, handwritten
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  • Content: Originally titled "Pictures," this manuscript is a revision of the first four verses of a draft poem by that name, inscribed by Whitman in a twenty-nine page notebook before the first edition of Leaves of Grass appeared in 1855. The notes "? for children" and "extend this?" appear in the upper left corner. The final verse appears in the upper right corner. After further revision Whitman published these verses in the October 30, 1880 issue of The American under the title "My Picture-Gallery," after which he placed it in the new cluster "Autumn Rivulets" in the 1881 edition.

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