Whitman and Rolleston: A Correspondence

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XXI
ROLLESTON TO WHITMAN

Note in Whitman's hand: " '83."

Sept. 27th [ 1883].
28 Terrassen Ufer
Dresden

My dear Master

I got your post card last Tuesday morning. I had not written for some time because I waited till I had something to say about the essay on the L. of G. I was preparing for delivery here. They had promised me an earlier date for it, but could not, in the end, find one till the 25th Sept. last, the day I got your card on. It (i.e. the lecture) was delivered before the Dresden Literary Society, consisting mostly of Professors and savants of all kinds. 1 No one knew anything, or anything beyond the name, of you, except Dr. Doehn, the author of a history of American Literature I told you of. 2 He spoke on my essay, and took the usual line of intelligent and book- learned persons, thus--"He is a poet by God's grace--but that is all" (and it isn't much, according to Dr. D.) "He is wanting in two indispensable requisites for a great writer. (1) Knowledge--(2) Form." As to the absence of knowledge, I can only conjecture that he meant that your poems would not be regarded as historical studies, like Schiller's 'Tell' etc. Two others spoke-one a Dr. Hohlfeld, a man of much genuine

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1
See Letter XV, note 2, and Appendix A.
2
Cf. Letter VIII, note 2.

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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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