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By Ted Genoways

Greater than forty years after the inaugural volume's unique e-book, Ted Genoways brings students the most recent quantity in Walt Whitman: The Correspondence. one of the greater than a hundred and fifty letters accrued during this quantity are quite a few correspondence pertaining to Whitman's Civil struggle years, together with a letter sending John Hay, the private secretary to Abraham Lincoln, a manuscript reproduction of O Captain, My Captain! extra letters tackle a number of facets of the construction of Leaves of Grass, the main remarkable being an in depth correspondence surrounding the Deathbed variation, accumulated by means of Whitman's good friend Horace Traubel, and reproduced right here for the 1st time. most importantly, this quantity comprises Whitman's early letters to Abraham Paul Leech, first released by way of Arthur Golden in American Literature in 1986. The revelations contained in those letters needs to be thought of one of the most crucial discoveries approximately Whitman's existence made over the last 1/2 the 20 th century.

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1 In this office, I am in the part where the Pardons are attended to. There is a perfect stream of Rebels coming in here all the time to get pardoned. All the Southerners that are worth more than $20,000 in property, have to get special pardons, & all who have been officers of the rank of Brig. Gen’l, or upwards, the same. Many old men come in here, and middle-aged & young ones too. I often talk with them. There are some real characters among them – (& you know I have a fancy for any thing a little out of the usual style) – Quite a good many women come up to Washington, & come to this office, about their pardons – some old, some young – all are drest in deep black.

This said room of mine is something that I much value. – It is my sanctum sanctorum, which profane foot invadeth not. – Its hallowed precincts are forbidden ground to every she in the house, except for absolutely necessary entrances, which concern the vital wellbeing of its lord. – I hope this will find you enjoying health and peace. – O that I were Napoleon that I might load the heads of my friends with golden coronets. – My best wishes I waft to you, wrapped up and sealed with a wafer. – May your shadow never be less.

As Miller notes, this is the language of the Choctaw people, but in jargon the gibberish of a strange language. 6. A radical group among New York Democrats. After Charles King, a Whig, in the Long Island Farmer on October 6, 1840, branded WW a “loco-foco,” he replied to “this slanderous and contemptible scoundrel” on the same day in the Long Island Democrat. ” See Joseph Jay Rubin, “Whitman in 1840: A Discovery,” AL, 9 (1937), 239–42. 9. [1840] Abm. P. I. My dear L – I perform the thrice-agreeable office of informing you that my purgatory here is just finishing.

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