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Title: left with Andrew

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: 1854 or 1855

Whitman Archive ID: tex.00001

Source: The Walt Whitman Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. 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: This manuscript shows a listing of the poems for the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, with working titles, as well as various mathematical calculations relating to the length and arrangment of the volume. It was likely composed in 1854 or early in 1855. Ed Folsom has written at length about this manuscript and its significance. See "Walt Whitman's Working Notes for the First Edition of Leaves of Grass," Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, 16 (Fall 1998), 90–95.

Related item: A series of draft lines on the back of this manuscript relate to several of the poems that appeared in the first edition of Leaves of Grass. See tex.00057.

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Ken Price



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left with Andrew
5 pages MS.

figure
A large ship under her full power of steady forward motion

40
40
1600
5
8000

28 lines
40 letters
1120

                                                                                       1120 letters in page of Skakspere's poems

                                                                                       1600 letters in one of my closely written MS pages like page 2

[illegible]

1120)8000(7
7840
160

1600
4
1160)6400(5
5800
600

2for frontispiece & fly
2for title & blank
15—1
13 2
12 3I celebrate myself
9 4
13 5
A young man came to me
A child went forth
4sauntering the pavement,
9great are the myths,
9I wander all night
10Come closer to me
5Who learns my lesson complete &
Clear the way there Jonathan
2Resurgemus
5—Road and others To think through the retrospection
3Blacks

127
1600
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127
1120)203200(181
1120
9120
8960
1600
1120

                                                                                       about 127 pages MS 1600 letters to page


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