Walt Whitman’s diaries and notebooks contain many passages about identity and connection—the identity, status, and worth of other people, and Whitman’s own. In his “No Doubt the Efflux” and other notebooks, Whitman engages in the personal politics of observation and attraction.
Launched May 26 in honor of Walt Whitman’s May birthday, a new project of the Library’s By the People Whitman campaign focuses on the diaries and notebooks in the Manuscript Division’s Charles E. Feinberg collection of Walt Whitman Papers.
Walt Whitman devised his “Death of Lincoln” speech in 1879 to commemorate the April 14-15, 1865, demise of Abraham Lincoln. In this post, Manuscript Division curator Barbara Bair explores Whitman's historic speech, which is at the heart of the newest offering in the Library’s By the People crowdsourcing transcription campaign.