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Death's Valley

  • Whitman Archive Title: Death's Valley
  • Whitman Archive ID: uva.00073
  • Repository ID: #3829-w
  • 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: 28
  • Date: about 1889
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, 35.5 x 21.5 cm, handwritten
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  • Content: Whitman's correspondence indicates that the poem was written and sold to Harper's New Monthly Magazine in 1889, although it did not appear there until April 1892, after the poet's death. Whitman originally included the poem in his 1891 manuscript for the "Good-Bye My Fancy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1891–92), and Traubel grouped it in the cluster "Old Age Echoes," which he added to Leaves of Grass in 1897. The Harper's printing included an engraving, "The Valley of the Shadow of Death," by American painter George Inness, which appeared facing the poem. On the verso appear the notes "Death's Valley" (twice) and "Magazine/ April, 1892" in, possibly, Whitman executor Horace Traubel's hand.

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