Archive for April, 2010

April 26th, 2010

The Walt Whitman Archive
publishes Civil War letters

Posted in New York City, Writing by ed

The great WWA has just posted his letters from the Civil War years, gathered with responses.

It’s a wonder to appreciate his prosaic mind and voice.

And the colloquies with poetry editors are hilarious, to wit:

Jan. 20, ’60.

Dear Sir,

Mr. House inform’d me that you accepted, and would publish, my “Bardic Symbols.” If so, would you, as soon as convenient, have it put in type, and send me the proof?

About the two lines:

(See from my dead lips the ooze exuding at last!
See the prismatic colors glistening and rolling!)

I have in view, from them, an effect in the piece which I clearly feel, but cannot as clearly define. Though I should prefer them in, still, as I told Mr. House, I agree that you may omit them, if you decidedly wish to.

Yours &c
Walt Whitman

Portland av. near Myrtle | Brooklyn, N. Y.