Whitman and Rolleston: A Correspondence

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ROLLESTON TO WHITMAN

" 1882" in Whitman's hand.

June 10th [1882].
29 Lange Strasse
Dresden

My dear Whitman

I learn today to my great surprise that the Philistines are down on you again about the Children of Adam. 1 What purblind asses! But there's no use in irritating oneself with thinking about it-only somehow every new instance of human folly and cant strikes one as something unexpected and bewildering; as if one hadn't had plenty of occasion to get accustomed to anything or everything in that line. I am sure it will do you more good than harm in the end. I am, sometime soon, to read something on the Leaves of Grass before a German audience, a 'Literary Club,' in Dresden. 2 This will perhaps lead to my finding a collaborateur for the translation-said translation ow-

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1
The seventh edition of Leaves of Grass published in Boston was banned by the Society for the Suppression of Vice. In May, 1882, Osgood ceased publication of the edition, and Rees Welsh and Company reprinted it in the same year.
2
Rolleston read a lecture on Whitman before the Literarischer Verein of Dresden on September 25, 1883. The lecture, described in Letter XXI, was published in Ueber Wordsworth und Walt Whitman; Zwei Vorträge von H. B. Cotterill and T. W. Rolleston ( Dresden, 1883). Rolleston has given a humorous account of the Dresden society in "The Literarischer Verein of Augustusstadt," The Dublin University Review, I ( April, 1885), 50-52. The article, which is signed "T.W.R.," contains some interesting reflections on German poetry and criticism. Rolleston also comments on the lectures on Wordsworth and Whitman which he and Cotterill had given before the

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  • Title Page 1
  • Contents 3
  • I - Rolleston to Whitman 15
  • II - Rolleston to Whitman 19
  • III - Rolleston to Whitman 21
  • IV - Rolleston to Whitman 25
  • V - Rolleston to Whitman 28
  • VI - Rolleston to Whitman 30
  • VII - Rolleston to Whitman 35
  • VIII - Rolleston to Whitman 38
  • IX - Rolleston to Whitman 43
  • X - Lee to Whitman 48
  • XI - Whitman to Rolleston 51
  • XII - Whitman to Rolleston 52
  • XIII - Rolleston to Whitman 54
  • XIV - Rolleston to Whitman 56
  • XV - Rolleston to Whitman 61
  • XVI - Rolleston to Whitman 64
  • XVII - Rolleston to Whitman 67
  • XVIII - Rolleston to Whitman 69
  • XIX - Whitman to Rolleston 71
  • XX - Rolleston to Whitman 73
  • XXI - Rolleston to Whitman 77
  • XXII - Rolleston to Whitman 80
  • XXIII - Rolleston to Whitman 83
  • XXIV - Rolleston to Whitman 87
  • XXV - Whitman to Rolleston 89
  • XXVI - Rolleston to Whitman 90
  • XXVII - Whitman to Rolleston 92
  • XXVIII - Rolleston to Whitman 94
  • XXIX - Whitman to Rolleston 98
  • XXX - Rolleston to Whitman 99
  • XXXI - Rolleston to Whitman 101
  • XXXII - Whitman to Rolleston 104
  • Appendices 107
  • Index 131
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