In Whitman's Hand


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Title: I want no more of

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Before or early in 1855

Whitman Archive ID: med.00782

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman's Workshop: A Collection of Unpublished Manuscripts, ed. Clifton Joseph Furness (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1928), 55. The location of this manuscript is unknown. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: The manuscript has not been located and is known only from a transcription in Walt Whitman's Workshop, ed. Clifton J. Furness (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1928), 55. The imagery and phrasing match several passages in the 1855 preface to Leaves of Grass, suggesting that this manuscript was composed before or early in 1855.

Contributors to digital file: Brett Barney, Caitlin Henry, and Nicole Gray

I want no more of these deferences to authority—this taking off of hats and saying Sir—I want to encourage in the young men the spirit that does not know what it is to feel that it stands in the presence of superiors


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