Catalogs of Manuscripts at Individual Repositories

Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in the Private Collection of Ed Folsom

Original records created 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: A Walt Whitman Prose Manuscript in the Private Collection of Ed Folsom

Creator:  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892

Repository:  Private Collection of Ed Folsom

This catalog record was created from a transcription of the manuscript that appeared in the Summer 2000 issue of the Walt Whitman Quartlery Review.

Scope and Content: 
The private collection of Ed Folsom contains one Walt Whitman prose manuscript, described below.

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: Emerson uses the Deific
Whitman Archive ID: med.00791
Date: about 1872
Genre: prose
Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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Content: This manuscript contains notes that Ed Folsom suggests "seem to be early (1872) notes toward what would eventually become Whitman's 1880 essay" on Emerson. "Emerson's Books (The Shadows of Them.)" first appeared in the Boston Literary World on 22 May 1880. It was later reprinted as "A Democratic Criticism. By Walt Whitman" in the New York Tribune (15 May 1882). Finally, it appeared in Specimen Days & Collect (1882–1883) and Complete Prose Works (1892) under the first title. For more on how this manuscript relates to "Emerson's Books," and to read a transcription, see Ed Folsom, "Whitman's Notes on Emerson: An Unpublished Manuscript," Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 18.1 (Summer 2000), 20-62.

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