Whitman's American Fame: The Growth of His Reputation in America after 1892

Whitman's American Fame: The Growth of His Reputation in America after 1892

Whitman's American Fame: The Growth of His Reputation in America after 1892

Whitman's American Fame: The Growth of His Reputation in America after 1892

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In 1932 the John Hay Library of Brown University acquired the Whitman collection of Henry Scholley Saunders of Toronto. In the course of twenty years Mr. Saunders had gathered a wealth of Whitman references included in books, magazine articles, newspapers, letters, and a variety of miscellaneous sources. The references, which covered all phases and periods of Whitman study, Mr. Saunders had carefully indexed and tastefully bound. This collection has served as the basis for the following study of the growth of Walt Whitman's reputation in America.

I am primarily indebted to Mr. Saunders for the work he has done, as no man could hope to amass this necessary basic material in less time than he has devoted to it. I am grateful for having been able to use the products of his extensive and diligent labors.

Many other individuals have helped me in the preparation of this study. Professor Randall Stewart originally suggested and has since directed my research and writing. I have appreciated his guidance and criticism. Professor Emory Holloway has read the manuscript and made valuable suggestions. Professor S. Foster Damon, Curator of the Harris Collection, and members of the staff of the Brown University Library have been courteous and cooperative in making the facilities of the Library available to me. I am indebted also to the Extension Department staff of the Library of the University of Texas, and I am grateful to Mrs. Jean M. Dubuc for her careful work in preparing the final copies of the typescript.

CHARLES B. WILLARD

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