Tuesday, April 8, 2014

typo corrected in the 1856 Leaves of Grass

Kelly Franklin spotted a typographical error in our transcription of Whitman's "Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson." On page 357 of the 1856 Leaves of Grass, we had:

"the freewomen and freemen of Tho States,"

I have replaced "Tho" with "The."


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New audio added to the Whitman Archive

I have just added audio files of the 52 sections of "Song of Myself" and of "Poets to Come," as read by Eric Forsythe. Forsythe's recordings were first produced for WhitmanWeb, a project of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, under the direction of Ed Folsom and Christopher Merrill.

All recordings copyright Eric Forsythe, 2012–2013. Made available on the Whitman Archive with permission of the rights holder. Audio may be reused for non-commercial purposes, with credit to Eric Forsythe and the Walt Whitman Archive. For permissions for commercial reuse, contact Eric Forsythe.

The recordings are available via Pictures & Sound, and the "Poets to Come" recording also is available via the Translations page.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Corrected repository listing for 1860 letter

An 7 January 1860 letter from Walt Whitman to the Editors of Harper's Magazine, previously listed as held in the private collection of Colonel Richard Gimbel, is now at the Library of Congress. I have updated the information in the file accordingly. The letter (formerly identified as prc.00002) is now identified as loc.05277.

~ Nikki

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Edits to Scribal Documents and Correspondence index pages

On the scribal documents index
(http://whitmanarchive.org/manuscripts/scribal/index.html), I updated
the TEI encoding of three dates, which had erroneously been given in
an attribute value as dating to 1872. The scribal document records
updated in the index file were:

Amos T. Akerman to Henry Grebe, 2 August 1871
Amos T. Akerman to William P. Appleby, 2 or 3 August 1871
Amos T. Akerman to John H. Caldwell, 3 August 1871

In addition, I made two corrections to the correspondence index
The index listed Walt Whitman to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman, [5 January
1872] as dating only to Walt Whitman to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman,
[January 1872] and Peter Doyle to Walt Whitman, [27 September 1868] as
only Peter Doyle to Walt Whitman, [September 1868]. The dates are now
correct on the index page (they already were correct in the individual
letter files).


Thursday, March 20, 2014

All 170 letters of Louisa Van Velsor Whitman to her son Walt now added to the site

The letters of Louisa Van Velsor Whitman have been made publicly available on the Whitman Archive. In addition to 170 letters from the period 1860 to 1873, the Archive also includes Wesley Raabe's extensive introduction to Louisa's letters. The publication of these materials, which coincides with Women's History Month, is the culmination of many years of work and marks a major addition to the Whitman Archive. The letters illuminate the most important relationship in the poet's life and offer a rare glimpse into the emotional life of a working-class nineteenth-century American woman.

The letters are accessible at http://www.whitmanarchive.org/biography/correspondence/ and Wesley's introduction is at: http://www.whitmanarchive.org/biography/correspondence/lvvwintro.html


Monday, March 17, 2014

Update made to correspondence index page

I have added a sentence to the correspondence index page that includes a link to the statement of editorial policy.

~ Nikki

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Display of footnotes in some correspondence corrected

Some pieces of correspondence had footnotes that ran inline with the text of the letter rather than appearing at the end of the letter (as footnotes should). I have corrected this problem.