In Whitman's Hand


About this Item

Title: truly what is commonest

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Before or early in 1855

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05641

Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: The words that appear near the beginning of this scrap are similar to a line from "Song of Myself," in which Whitman writes "What is commonest and cheapest and nearest and easiest is Me." Thus, it is likely that this manuscript dates from before or early in 1855.

Related item: This manuscript is written on three pasted-together paper scraps. A crossed-out fragment of a letter is on the back of one of the scraps.

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

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[cut away] Truly, what is commonest, readiest ?, cheapest, of our lives, is often the profoundest, the most curious—has its beginnings the farthest back, and is the hardest problem for thought or science. [cut away]

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