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Arthur Golden's Walt Whitman's Blue Book manuscript, 1962 0.4 Linear Feet — 1 item

Arthur Golden was professor emeritus at the City College of the City University of New York; editor of Walt Whitman’s Blue Book (1968), and co-editor of Leaves of grass: a textual variorium of the printed poems (1980). Collection comprises a copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (3rd edition), containing Arthur Golden's marks toward his Walt Whitman's Blue Book edition. Golden presented the volume to Professor Gay Wilson Allen in May 1962.

Collection comprises a copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (3rd edition), containing Arthur Golden's marks toward his Walt Whitman's Blue Book edition. Golden presented the volume to Professor Gay Wilson Allen in May 1962.

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Bliss Perry Whitman collection transcription, 1937 0.6 Linear Feet — 605 pages

Bliss Perry, was an American literary critic, writer, editor, and teacher. Collection comprises a four volume set of a 1937 typescript transcription made for Clifton Joseph Furness of Whitman materials offered for sale by Bliss Perry. Each volume in the collection (there is no volume 3) has a detailed table of contents.

Collection comprises a four volume set of a 1937 typescript transcription made for Clifton Joseph Furness of Whitman materials offered for sale by Bliss Perry. Each volume in the collection (there is no volume 3) has a detailed table of contents. Included are Volumes I and II, containing transcriptions of letters from correspondents, dated 1863-1928 and undated, among them Whitman, Richard Maurice Bucke, John Burroughs, Moncure D. Conway, William Sloane Kennedy, William D. O'Connor, and Horace Traubel. In the second volume there are also transcriptions of several manuscripts by Whitman and William D. O'Connor, including Whitman "on himself" and a note on A Backward Glance. Also includes transcriptions of seven newspaper clippings, an offprint of "Death of a Fireman" by Whitman, and an advertisement and circular regarding the sale of Whitman's books. There is also a transcription of the catalog for the Bliss Perry collection.

In collection volumes IV and V there are transcriptions of Whitman material held in other repositories, such as The Library of Congress, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York Public Library, and Harvard Library, among others. Includes typescript transcription, facsimiles, and photostatic copies of various letters, manuscripts, clippings, and articles. There is one original letter from John Addington Symonds to Walt Whitman (1872 Feb. 7).

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Charles Roberts Anderson papers, 1806-1993 and undated 15.9 Linear Feet — Approximately 10,200 Items

Author and professor of American literature at Duke University and Johns Hopkins University. The Charles Roberts Anderson Papers span the dates 1806-1993 and document his active career as professor of American literature at Duke University and Johns Hopkins University. Included are research materials on the intellectual life of Charleston, S.C., and on American literary figures such as Paul Hamilton Hayne, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, Sidney Lanier (to whom Anderson was related), Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, and others. Additional material includes correspondence and files on Anderson's publications; lectures and files related to teaching; travel diaries and keepsakes; and other papers related to his family history and academic career. Copies of correspondence and other documents by Anderson's research subjects, particularly Hayne, detail elements of life in the South in the nineteenth century. In addition, material in this collection chronicles the academic life of Anderson and provides insight into the state of literary scholarship and publishing in the mid-twentieth century. Early dates usually reflect the dates of the content of original material photocopied by Anderson in the course of his research. Acquired as part of the Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography.

The Charles Roberts Anderson Papers span the dates 1806-1993 and document the active literary career of Anderson, who was professor of American literature at Duke University and Johns Hopkins University and a reknowned international lecturer. Included are research materials on Paul Hamilton Hayne and other Southern literary figures. Also contains writings and research files on the subjects of Anderson's books and edited volumes, especially Emily Dickinson, Henry James, Sidney Lanier (to whom Anderson was related), Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, and other American literary figures, including Walt Whitman, William Faulkner, and Mark Twain. Additional material includes files on his research and publications on the intellectual life of Charleston, S.C.; correspondence and files on other publications; lectures and files related to teaching, including two audiotapes of Anderson's lectures on Dickinson; travel journals, keepsakes, and two films on Charleston, S.C. and Stratford, England; and other papers related to the Anderson family history and his academic career. Copies of correspondence and other documents by Anderson's research subjects, particularly Hayne, detail social conditions and life in the South in the nineteenth century. In addition, material in this collection chronicles the academic life of Anderson and provides insights into the state of American literary scholarship and publishing in the mid-twentieth century. Early dates usually reflect original material photocopied by Anderson in the course of his research. Acquired as part of the Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography.

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Walter C. Rivers transcribed letters on Walt Whitman's homosexuality, 1946 0.1 Linear Feet — 17 items

W. C. Rivers was a Walt Whitman scholar. Collection comprises a file of correspondence addressed to Walter C. Rivers on the subject of Whitman's homosexuality. Includes transcriptions of letters from Bliss Perry and other contemporary Whitman scholars, as well as specialists on the subject of homosexuality, including Havelock Ellis.

Collection comprises a file of correspondence addressed to Walter C. Rivers on the subject of Whitman's homosexuality. Includes transcriptions of letters from Bliss Perry and other contemporary Whitman scholars, as well as specialists on the subject of homosexuality, including Havelock Ellis.

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Walt Whitman papers, 1841-1940, bulk 1841-1891 28 Linear Feet

Collection includes correspondence separated into two subseries: "Letters To or About Walt Whitman," and "Letters From or By Walt Whitman." Most of Whitman's letters in the collection were written between 1880 and 1891. Letters include those written to and from friends, family members, editors, publishers, and soldiers Whitman met in and around Washington, D. C. during the Civil War. The Clippings Series includes both large groups of clippings collected and annotated by Whitman, and clippings Whitman took from complete or nearly complete articles. Also included are manuscripts and printed materials about or relating to Whitman, most of which date during Whitman's lifetime. There are portraits, etchings, engravings, and sketches both of Whitman and of his brother, George, and sister, Hannah. A Writings Series contains manuscript and printed versions of poetry and prose dating from Whitman's career in journalism up to the end of his life. It is divided into four subseries: Manuscript Poems (1855-1882 and undated); Manuscript Prose (1852-1891 and undated); Proofs (1874-1891 and undated); and Periodicals Containing Contributions by Whitman (1841-1891).

The Walt Whitman papers incorporates material spanning the dates 1841-1940, with the bulk of the material dating from 1841-1891. The virtual reorganization of the collection, based upon that devised by Ellen F. Frey in A Bibliography of Walt Whitman (Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1945), divides it into six series: Correspondence, Writings, Clippings, Material About or Relating to Whitman, Portraits, and Miscellany.

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Correspondence is separated into two subseries: "Letters To or About Walt Whitman," and "Letters From or By Walt Whitman." Most of Whitman's letters in the collection were written between 1880 and 1891. The Clippings Series lists both large groups of clippings collected and annotated by Whitman, and clippings Whitman took from complete or nearly complete articles. Whenever possible, these have been dated according to the periodical in which the articles originally appeared. Material About or Relating to Whitman is comprised of subseries that catalog manuscript versions of Richard Maurice Bucke's biography of Whitman, as well as other manuscript material written by Whitman or recorded by his friends. The Portraits Series includes formal photographic and painted portraits, etchings, engravings, and sketches, both of Whitman and of his brother, George, and sister, Hannah. The Miscellany consists of ephemera related to Whitman's life and career as a poet. Two scrapbooks, book wrappers for the first edition of Leaves of Grass, and documents relating to the Whitman fund are listed among this series' eclectic contents.

By far the largest series in the collection, the Writings Series contains manuscript and printed versions of poetry and prose dating from Whitman's career in journalism to the end of his life. It is divided into four subseries: Manuscript Poems (1855-1882 and undated); Manuscript Prose (1852-1891 and undated); Proofs (1874-1891 and undated); and Periodicals Containing Contributions by Whitman (1841-1891). The first subseries, "Manuscript Poems," is further subdivided into categories intended to define three separate levels of poetic composition: manuscript versions of poems that appear in at least one edition of Leaves of Grass, manuscript versions of poems not published in Leaves of Grass, and verse fragments and outlines. The researcher is advised to consult the NYU Collected Writings of Walt Whitman, particularly Harold W. Blodgett and Sculley Bradley, eds., Leaves of Grass: A Comprehensive Reader's Edition (New York: NYUP, 1965), pp. 585-706, for publication of previously uncollected material. Although older, Oscar Lovell Triggs, ed., Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, vol. 3 of 10 (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1902) and Clarence Gohdes and Rollo G. Silver, eds., Faint Clews and Indirections: Manuscripts of Walt Whitman and His Family (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1949) are also helpful, the former particularly when used alongside Frey's Bibliography.

The Manuscript Prose Subseries in the Writings Series is further divided into seven categories. The first three are comprised of manuscript versions of stories, prefaces, and essays and lectures, respectively. Four less distinct subheadings follow. "Notes on Literature" represents an almost exact transliteration of Frey's category of the same name, however it should be noted that this category does not, at the time of writing, list all of Trent's holdings in Whitman's literary-critical manuscripts. Some literary criticism is contained in "Autobiographical Manuscripts" and "Whitman on His Own Writings," along with more purely impressionistic self-reflection. "Miscellany" should also be consulted, as it brings together in an unsystematic way Whitman's notes on travel, reading, and education as well as a scattering of notes on poetry and different forms of literary production.

The last two subseries of the Writings Series bring together various published versions of Whitman's writing. Annotated proofs of his poetry and prose are identified in the finding aid, and cross-references are included between the Proofs Subseries and the Periodicals Containing Contributions by Whitman Subseries in instances where the collection lists both a proof and a published version of a poem or article among its headings. The Periodicals Containing Contributions by Whitman Subseries provides a survey of his writing during his lifetime.

Many published works by and about Walt Whitman and housed in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library have been cataloged individually. These can be found by searching the Duke online catalog.