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Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays, John Hay Library, Brown University

Original records created by the Special Collections Division of Brown University Library; revised and expanded by the Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Encoded Archival Description completed with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Title: Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays, John Hay Library, Brown University

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Creator:  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892

Repository:  John Hay Library

This catalog was created from catalogue records created by Special Collections Division, Brown University Library, and obtained by the Walt Whitman Archive. The original papers and catalogue records are held at John Hay Library, Brown University.

Scope and Content: 
The Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays is composed of approximately 250,000 volumes of American and Canadian poetry, plays, and vocal music dating from 1609 to the present day. Only the Walt Whitman prose manuscripts are described in this catalog.

Biographical Information:
For additional biographical information, see "Walt Whitman," by Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, and the chronology of Whitman's Life.

Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892;  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Manuscripts; Poets, American--19th century

Whitman Archive Title: Five thousand Poems
Whitman Archive ID: brn.00005
Repository Title: Five thousand poems: essay, 1887, New York
Repository ID: Ms.30.93
Date: 1887
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 3 leaves, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript is a late draft, lightly corrected, of "Five Thousand Poems," an essay first published in The Critic April 16, 1887 and collected in Democratic Vistas and Other Papers (1888) and in November Boughs (1888).

Whitman Archive Title: There will never come a time
Whitman Archive ID: brn.00004
Repository Title: There will never come a time : prose draft, [ca. 1840-1890]
Repository ID: Ms.30.94
Date: 1871-1875
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This prose manuscript fragment, heavily revised, appears to be part of an early draft of the essay "Robert Burns," first published in the January 25, 1875 issue of Our Land and Time. Whitman revised and republished it several times. In Complete Prose Works (1892) the essay was titled "Robert Burns as Poet and Person." The draft is written on the reverse of the bottom half of a report by Secretary of the Treasury, George Boutwell, of the public debt as of January 31, 1871.

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Repository Contact Information:

Brown University
John Hay Library
20 Prospect St / Box A
Providence, RI 02912


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