In Whitman's Hand


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Title: I do not expect to see myself

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: 1870s

Whitman Archive ID: tex.00023

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 manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: The date of this manuscript is unknown, though it seems likely that it is from the 1870s based on the handwriting. In addition, in the 1870s, Whitman repeatedly complained about how he was treated by American magazines. He sometimes exaggerated his neglect, as in the third-person account "Walt Whitman's Actual American Position," West Jersey Press (January 26, 1876). He argued there that he had been all but banned from American magazines. We have not identified a direct relationship between this manuscript and any of Whitman's published writings, if any exists. The manuscript is pasted down, so no image of the verso is available.

Contributors to digital file: Nick Krauter, Lisa Renfro, Stacey Provan, Nicole Gray, Andrew Jewell, Kenneth Price, and Brett Barney

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I do He does not expect to see myself
in the present [illegible] magazines,
pulpits, reviews, schools, pulpits
and legislatures—but presently
I expect to see myself
in magazines, schools, and
legislatures—or that my friends
after me will see me there,


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