In Whitman's Hand


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Title: Make no quotations

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1847 and 1855

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00305

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: Edward Grier speculates, based on the style and content, that this manuscript probably dates to between 1847 and 1855 (Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 1:159).

Contributors to digital file: Robert LaCosse, Kirsten Clawson, Janel Cayer, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, Kenneth M. Price, and Brett Barney

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Make no quotations, and no reference to any other writers.—nor

Lumber the writing with nothing—let it fly go as lightly as a bird flies in the air—or a fish swims in the sea

Be careful to temper down too much personality or [cut away]

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