- Reference Works 1
Walt Whitman. Notes and Fragments: Left by Walt Whitman and Now Edited by Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke, One of his Literary Executors. London, Ontario: A. Talbot & Co., 1899.
This collection of ‘notes and fragments’ was compiled and edited by Richard M. Bucke, a dedicated friend and supporter of Whitman, and one of his literary executors. The book contains writings transcribed by Bucke from manuscript materials willed to him by Whitman, including early drafts and notes on the meaning and intention of Leaves of Grass.
The publication of such materials is testimony to the extremely high esteem in which Whitman was held by his circle of close acquaintances. This privately printed book was a limited edition of 225 numbered copies, autographed by Bucke on the title page verso.
In Re Walt Whitman: Edited by his Literary Executors, Horace L. Traubel, Richard Maurice Bucke, Thomas B. Harned. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1893.
Whitman’s death in 1892 stimulated his friends to renewed activity in spreading his fame. One of the first acts of his literary executors was to publish a memorial volume entitled In Re Walt Whitman. In addition to the tributes of his friends and admirers, this book contains translations of significant critical essays about Whitman which had appeared in France, Germany and Denmark.
It also contains Traubel’s record of conversations between Whitman and his brother George, which provides rare insights into the poet’s family life.
This book was published in a limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies.
Traubel, Horace (editor). Camden's Compliment to Walt Whitman, May 31, 1889: Notes, Addresses, Letters, Telegrams. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1889.
Early Friday evening on 31 May 1889, about 200 of Whitman’s friends gathered at Morgan’s Hall in Camden, New Jersey, to offer him a testimonial on his seventieth birthday. Weary and wheelchair-bound, Whitman was not present for the dinner but appeared later to hear speeches and receive outpourings of good will.
The proceedings of the occasion, including the speeches given and letters and telegrams received were edited by Horace Traubel, and published as Camden’s Compliment to Walt Whitman in an edition of 1,000 copies.