In Whitman's Hand


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Title: the most definitely

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: 1855

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00945

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

Editorial note: This fragmentary manuscript was almost certainly written in 1855, probably around or just after the publication of the first edition of Leaves of Grass. It appears to be part of a draft of a review essay by Whitman titled "An English and an American Poet." Whitman published the essay anonymously in the American Phrenological Journal in October 1855, and he also printed and included it with other reviews in some copies of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass. He printed the review yet again in a section of reviews called "Opinions. 1855–6" at the end of the 1856 edition.

Related item: A prose note is written on the back of the manuscript leaf. See duk.00154.

Contributors to digital file: Nicole Gray and Ken Price

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