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Title: The Kansas Magazine

Creator: Susan Belasco

Whitman Archive ID: per.00108

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

In a letter to the English critic William Rossetti in January 1872, Whitman included a copy of a new poem, "The Mystic Trumpeter," and explained that the poem was published in a magazine, "lately started away off in Kansas, fifteen or eighteen hundred miles inland." Later that month, Whitman observed to his brother, Thomas Jefferson Whitman, that the Kansas Magazine is designed in the "same style as the Atlantic—intended for Western Thought & reminiscences &c—." Whitman ultimately published two poems in the Kansas Magazine, edited by Henry King and published in Topeka, Kansas. King, an ambitious journalist who would eventually become the editor of the highly-regarded St. Louis Globe-Democrat, promised that the magazine would provide a voice from the "New West," just as Whitman suggested. King wished to establish a literary magazine that might compete with prestigious eastern magazines, such as the Atlantic Monthly. In keeping with his policy, King mostly published articles, stories, and poetry by Midwestern writers. Whitman, one of the few northeastern writers to appear in the magazine during its brief history, also wrote "Walt Whitman in Europe," an essay which appeared under the signature of his friend Richard J. Hinton in the magazine in December 1872.


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