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Title: The Critic

Creator: Susan Belasco

Whitman Archive ID: per.00103

Source: Written for the Walt Whitman Archive. First published on the Archive in 2008. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the periodical poems, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Susan Belasco, and Kevin McMullen

The editor of The Critic, Jeanette L. Gilder, sought out Whitman as an important writer of the era when she and her brother, Joseph B. Gilder, founded the literary magazine in 1881. In fact, Whitman's series "How I Get Around at Sixty and Take Notes" was set to begin in the first volume of The Critic. Whitman later published several poems with the Critic. But most of his contributions to the periodical were prose pieces including notes on Emerson, Poe, and Shakespeare as well as a piece titled "Walt Whitman at Camden" which Whitman submitted under the name "George Selwyn" in February 1885. Gilder's decision to publish Whitman's work as well as to publish articles about the poet written by herself, reflects the reputation that Whitman had gained as a major literary figure as well as the public's interest in his life and health.


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"The Dead Tenor." The Critic, 8 November 1884, 222

"Yonnondio." The Critic, 26 November 1887, 267

"To the Year 1889." The Critic, 5 January 1889, 7.

"The Pallid Wreath." The Critic, 10 January 1891, 18.


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