Lot 705: Walt Whitman

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-10-29 11:34:45

Lot 705: ALS, one page, 7.5 x 9, October 30, 1885. Boldly penned letter from his house in Camden, New Jersey. In part: "Thanks for the copy of 'Bryant and his Friends' (whether I am indebted to your firm or to Gen. Wilson)-I have been reading it all day & find it full of interest.-To pourtray [sic] in a Volume the half-century of Knickerbocker literature, & that cluster of poets, authors & wits who made it was a capital idea-& JGW has well-sketched it & them, all & several-I wish you would send this note to Gen. Wilson." In fine condition, with intersecting folds, light toning, brushing to ink in a couple letters, and trimmed edges. Bryant and His Friends: Some Reminiscences of the Knickerbocker Writers was written by Civil War General James Grant Wilson and published in New York by Fords, Howard & Hulbert. Whitman is referenced just once in the book in a comment found on page 431: 'Among living authorities, Whitman places Bryant at the head of American poets.' A superb letter with excellent literary content from the influential father of free verse. RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts Friday, 23rd October 2015 Estimate: $3000-4000
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