Monday, April 17, 2017

Updates to Integrated Catalog and other Finding Aids

We have updated the integrated catalog of Whitman's literary manuscripts, as well as the individual catalog files for specific repositories, to reflect the new manuscripts and notebooks items now available on the Whitman Archive.

~ Nikki

Publication of early notebooks, prose manuscripts

I have published new index pages for the notebooks and manuscripts sections of the Whitman Archive.  The new pages are searchable and sortable and offer access to thirteen early notebooks and 118 prose manuscripts, as well as updated versions of the poetry manuscripts and Civil War notebooks previously available on the Whitman Archive.  Thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities for support of this work, which was completed as part of the project "Walt Whitman as an Author before Leaves of Grass."  This work was a team effort, with important contributions from Brett Barney, Stephanie Blalock, Janel Cayer, Jonathan Cheng, Kirsten Clawson, Eric Conrad, Karin Dalziel, Sara Duke, Jessica Dussault, Ed Folsom, Nikki Gray, Kirby Little, Liz Lorang, Kevin McMullen, Natalie O'Neal, Ken Price, Stefan Schöberlein, and Jeannette Schollaert.

~ Nikki

Updated fiction introductions, bibliography

I have updated the introduction to Franklin Evans and "Fortunes of a Country Boy" to reflect the recent discovery of Jack Engle, another novel written by Walt Whitman.  I have also updated Stephanie Blalock's fiction publications and reprints bibliography and the associated map to reflect several new reprint entries.  Finally, we have corrected a dating error in the short fiction introduction (where "The Fireman's Dream" was dated to 1841 instead of the correct date of 1844) and a periodical title error in "About 'The Tomb-Blossoms.'"

~ Nikki

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Update to "schoolmaster" notebook

I have updated the editorial note accompanying the Whitman Archive's transcription of Whitman's "a schoolmaster" notebook to reflect Zachary Turpin's recent discovery of Whitman's 1852 novel, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, the plot of which is drafted in this notebook.

~ Nikki

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Errors corrected on periodical page for "Once a Week"

Ed had noticed a discrepancy in our wording about the publication dates of Whitman's poems published in Once a Week in the late 1890s. We had incorrectly stated that all three poems published in that periodical were published within months of Whitman's death in March 1892. Only one poem, "A Thought of Columbus," was published in 1892. The two other poems, "On, On the Same Ye Jocund Twain" and "Unseen Buds," had appeared in June of 1891. We have corrected the wording to reflect this, more clearly laying out the chronology of Whitman's poems published in Once a Week. The page can be seen here.

- Kevin

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Small correction to Complete Prose Works (1892)

I noticed that the head for "Friendship, (The Real Article)" on p. 333 lacked parentheses, so I have supplied them.

~ Brett

Monday, April 3, 2017

Links added

To our links page I've added pointers to University of Iowa Press, University of Nebraska Press, Wiley-Blackwell, University of North Carolina Press, and the Whitman, Alabama project.

~ Brett

Monday, March 27, 2017

Typo in Complete Prose Works corrected

I happened to notice that, in our transcription of Complete Prose Works, the heading for "Dough-Face Song" had a superfluous "d" ("Dough-Faced Song"). I have removed it.

~ Brett

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Typos in 1855 LG fixed; downloadable LG files updated

User Gregory Murray noted that our transcription of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass had, in two places, a superfluous space between a hyphen and the second element of a compound word. Further, he pointed out that the version of that file in the Downloads section of the Archive had not been updated to reflect the corrections he had pointed out several weeks ago. I corrected the typos and updated all of the Leaves files in the Downloads section, since the files for other editions were likewise out of sync.

~ Brett

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Updated search page note to user

I updated the note to the user included on the Whitman Archive search page to indicate that the custom Google search for the site is currently returning incomplete results.  We are currently working to update the search across the site.  Until we are able to roll out the new search, users should do a full-site search on Google ( by entering: "your search term" to obtain complete results.

~ Nikki

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Corrected note in "Letters from a Travelling Bachelor"

Jason Stacy noticed that one of the 14 October 1849 "Letters from a Travelling Bachelor" contained a note with the same erroneous information about porgies that we recently corrected in the "Letters from Paumanok" essay. He rewrote the note and I swapped it into the file.

~ Brett

Monday, February 27, 2017

Two corrections to lineation in 1855 edition of Leaves

User Gregory Murray pointed out that the TEI transcription had two superfluous <l> tags (on pages 16 and 82); these created erroneous line breaks. I have removed them.

~ Brett

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Small corrections to 1871–1872 and 1891–1892 editions of Leaves of Grass

I noticed several transcription errors in two editions of  Leaves of Grass: Smallcaps had been neglected in the first words of the poems of the 1871–1872 edition and in "RISE O DAYS FROM YOUR FATHOMLESS DEEPS" in the main table of contents of the 1891–1892 edition; page breaks for the title pages of "Sands at Seventy" and "A Backward Glance" were placed in such a way that they were not showing up in the display; and "Yonnondio" had been omitted from the transcription of the "Sands at Seventy" table of contents. Said corrected all of these.

~ Brett

Corrected information in "Letters from Paumanok" annotation

User Drew Fetherston pointed out that our first note to the 27 June 1851 installment of "Letters from Paumanok" erroneously confounded porgies and mossbunkers/menhaden. Jason Stacy rewrote the note, crediting Fetherston.

~ Brett

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fixed typo in short fiction

Ed pointed out a typo in Whitman's story "The Fireman's Dream." The phrase "involuntary explamations of horror" should have been "involuntary exclamations of horror."  I have fixed the error.

~ Nikki

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Removed broken syllabus link

The link to the syllabus "Selected American Authors: Emily Dickinson & Walt Whitman" was no longer working and the syllabus for that course is no longer publicly available, so I took it off the "Teaching Resources" page.

~ Nikki

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Whitman's Short Fiction Published

We have published a new section devoted to Whitman's short fiction on the Whitman Archive.  This section, edited by Stephanie Blalock and Nikki Gray, includes page images and transcriptions of 26 short stories as they were first published in periodicals, headnotes discussing the publication and reprinting history associated with each story, and a critical introduction to the short fiction.  We have also updated the bibliography of fiction publications and reprints and the associated map, and we have added a new "fiction" section to the Archive's editorial policy statement.

Thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities for support of this project, and to the staff members who worked on it: Kirsten Clawson, Jeannette Schollaert, and Sara Duke. 

~ Stephanie and Nikki

Small Correction to a Review

Matt Cohen pointed out that the second "an" was missing from the title of "An English and an American Poet." I have supplied it.

~ Brett

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Small Correction to 1860 Leaves of Grass

Ken noticed that an ae ligature was missing in the poem "Kosmos," so I have supplied it.

~ Brett