1. The image above from NYPL’s Rare Books Division is a fragment of Walt Whitman’s revision of his poem “The Mississippi at Midnight,” which was first published on this day in 1848 in the New Orleans Daily Crescent. 
(H/T to Book Pilgrim for sharing the poem on the Walt Whitman Archive, the finished text can be read here.)

    The image above from NYPL’s Rare Books Division is a fragment of Walt Whitman’s revision of his poem “The Mississippi at Midnight,” which was first published on this day in 1848 in the New Orleans Daily Crescent. 

    (H/T to Book Pilgrim for sharing the poem on the Walt Whitman Archive, the finished text can be read here.)

  2. This week’s Mustache Monday goes to Poet Walt Whitman, courtesy of this fantastic photo from NYPL’s Berg Collection.
Happy Mustache Monday! Don’t forget to celebrate National Poetry Month by stopping by a NYPL branch and reading poetry by the likes of Whitman, Longfellow and Shakespeare!

    This week’s Mustache Monday goes to Poet Walt Whitman, courtesy of this fantastic photo from NYPL’s Berg Collection.

    Happy Mustache Monday! Don’t forget to celebrate National Poetry Month by stopping by a NYPL branch and reading poetry by the likes of Whitman, Longfellow and Shakespeare!

  3. Walt Whitman manuscript, “Go, said his soul to a poet.”
The manuscript is comprised of two unequal-sized sheets of paper pasted together. Note in ink in Whitman’s hand running along upper left says: “Scrap of Rough Draft / W Whitman.” Additional note in Whitman’s hand written in red ink along seam where the two sheets are joined: “inscription on title page last edition Leaves of Grass.”
From the Berg Collection of English and American Literature.

    Walt Whitman manuscript, “Go, said his soul to a poet.”

    The manuscript is comprised of two unequal-sized sheets of paper pasted together. Note in ink in Whitman’s hand running along upper left says: “Scrap of Rough Draft / W Whitman.” Additional note in Whitman’s hand written in red ink along seam where the two sheets are joined: “inscription on title page last edition Leaves of Grass.”

    From the Berg Collection of English and American Literature.

  4. Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819. Happy birthday, you poet of the people! Explore the NYPL’s collection of Whitman Manuscripts here: http://ow.ly/bgLIN

    Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819. Happy birthday, you poet of the people! Explore the NYPL’s collection of Whitman Manuscripts here: http://ow.ly/bgLIN