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