Friday, February 22, 2013
attribution added to a previously anonymous review of 1856 LofG
A review of the 1856 Leaves of Grass that appeared in the The Christian Examiner in November 1856 had previously been marked as anonymous. In February 2013, Ken Price received an e-mail from Gary Scharnhorst, a scholar who had published an article in the Walt Whitman Review in March 1982 (entitled "D. A. Wasson and W. R. Alger on the 1855 Leaves of Grass") in which he presented evidence that attributed the review to William Rounseville Alger. Scharnhorst sent the article to Ken and asked whether we had been aware of his attribution of the review to Alger. Ken found the article's evidence to be convincing, and the change was made to the record of the review. A note was also added, crediting Scharnhorst for the attribution and citing his article.