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Back to ten thousand years

  • Whitman Archive Title: Back to ten thousand years
  • Whitman Archive ID: uva.00495
  • 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: 38
  • Repository Title: Glimpses of Walt Whitman from 1877 to '87
  • Date: Between 1847 and 1857
  • Genre: prose
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
  • View Images: 1
  • Content: A manuscript containing prose notes about the historical ubiquity of great men, "capable of deeds of might, blessings, poems, enlightenment," with the suggestion that these were introductory thoughts for a discussion of various religions. The writing contains no known connection to any of Whitman's published works. Edward Grier notes that writing on the verso would suggest that this manuscript "must have been written in 1857 or earlier" ( Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 6:2067). The manuscript is pasted down to a backing sheet, making the verso inaccessible.

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