Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

This volume of Whitman’s correspondence supplements the six volumes of The Correspondence, edited by Edwin Haviland Miller, in The Collected Writings of Walt Whitman. As is the case with a number of “monumental” editions of the works of major authors, the Whitman Collected Writings project is now hopelessly scattered, fragmented, and incomplete. It is difficult even to keep track of the number of volumes that have appeared. New York University Press began issuing the volumes in...

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xvi

Less than four years after the death of America’s first great poet, Thomas Donaldson asserted that “Whitman with the pen was one man – Whitman in private life was another man.” For Donaldson, the division lay in the perfection of Whitman’s utterances. In Leaves of Grass, the poet was in full command, but in private conversation Whitman’s manner of speech was a kind of “mental groping,” in which “impressions were quickly made in his mind, but

A List of Whitman's Correspondents

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pp. xvii-xix

Abbreviations

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pp. xxi-xxii

The Correspondence

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pp. 1-121

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Calendar of Letters to Whitman (Revised 2003)

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pp. 123-187

This calendar includes extant letters written to WW. The following information appears in the entries: (1) the date; (2) the name of the correspondent, sometimes with a brief identification in order to indicate the nature of the correspondence; (3) the location of the letter, if known; and (4) appearances in print, if any. All letters in the calendar unless...

Index to Volume VII

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pp. 189-192