In Whitman's Hand


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Title: In the present state of

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1850 and 1855

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00061

Source: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library. 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: A phrase from this manuscript appears, slightly revised, in a review written by Whitman of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass. The review appeared unsigned in the August 29, 1855, issue of the Brooklyn Daily Times. The date of the manuscript is therefore probably before or early in 1855.

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

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In the present state of Nothing is society & literature nothing is more singular than to be without singularity[illegible], and nothing more eccentric than to be entirely sane & without eccentricity

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