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COLLECTED PAPERS OF THE BOLTON WHITMAN FELLOWSHIP

Collected papers of the Bolton Whitman Fellowship

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Collected papers of the Bolton Whitman Fellowship

Part 13 of the BOA series: British records on the Atlantic World, 1700-1900. Regarded as the father of American poetry, Walt Whitman (1819-1892) maintained an active correspondence with this obscure group of socialist and ordinary working-class readers. Indeed, once, when the critic Herbert Gilchrist asked Whitman: "It surprises me that you should be so taken with those Bolton folks; they're not famous in England at all," the poet was heard by Horace Traubel to reply: "It surprises you, does it? Well, I've had my bellyful of famous people! Thank God they're just nobody at all, like all people who are worthwhile."

In addition to letters, the papers include photographs and journals of pilgrimages by founding members to Whitman in New Jersey, as well as records of the group's annual celebration of his birthday. So close became the relationship that the friendship between Whitman's inner circle and the group continued long after the poet's death.

These papers comprise the bulk of the archive generated by members of the group. Together with the separate collection deposited by Charles F. Sixsmith with the John Rylands University of Manchester Library and also the papers of Dr John H. Johnston, they form an essential resource for the reader-oriented study of one of the pre-eminent exponents of English-language poetry in the 19th century.

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ZWN/11. This Collection contains assorted photographs of the Bolton Whitman Fellowship, especially R M Bucke, J Johnston, Horace Traubel, J W Wallace and these members' families; some members' photographs have been... (more...)

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Relics & mementos

Relics & mementos

ZWN/12. These assorted items include images of the 'Loving Cup' presented by J H Johnston of New York, oil paintings of Whitman by Sidney Morse and Sierra Oliva, engravings of Whitman,... (more...)

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