In Whitman's Hand


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This manuscript relates to the poem first published as "After All, Not to Create Only" in 1871. The poem was ultimately titled "Song of the Exposition." a chorus ofa machine readable transcriptionWalt WhitmanKenneth M. PriceEd FolsomTranscription and encodingThe Walt Whitman Archive StaffThe Institute for Advanced Technology in the HumanitiesUniversity of IowaUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnThe National Endowment for the HumanitiesThe United States Department of Education2003loc.00129The Walt Whitman ArchiveThe Institute for Advanced Technology in the HumanitiesAlderman LibraryUniversity of VirginiaP.O. Box 400115Charlottesville, VA 22904-4115whitman@jefferson.village.virginia.eduCopyright © 2003 by Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, all rights reserved. Items in the Archive may be shared in accordance with the Fair Use provisions of U.S. copyright law. Redistribution or republication on other terms, in any medium, requires express written consent from the editors and advance notification of the publisher, The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Permission to reproduce the graphic images in this archive has been granted by the owners of the originals for this publication only.This manuscript was likely written in 1871 after Whitman accepted the invitation from the American Institute to compose and recite a poem at the opening of its fortieth Annual Exhibition in New York City. Whitman read the poem on September 7, 1871, and it was published soon after that in several newspapers and in a small book.The verso of the manuscript leaf has Department of Justice letterhead.Walt WhitmanAfter All Not to Create Only1871The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC Transcribed from our own digital image of original manuscript.2006-08-02Nick KrauterAdded third digit to leaf numbers2004-12-20Andrew JewellKenneth M. PriceAddition of Date and Work Markup2003-10-02Brett BarneyConversion to camel-case2003-04-14Brett BarneyBlessed2003-02-13Kenneth M. PriceEdited2003-02-10Andrew JewellChecked; revised2002-10-13Zane ZimbelmanTranscribed; encodeda chorus of? a chorus ofvoices, workersin farm The farm, the shop, the boat.☞—idea—that we confront thesane, fresh, fruitful, everyouthful, Earth, our mother,—wO Earth


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