Here users will find the six American editions of Leaves of Grass published in Whitman's lifetime as well as the so-called deathbed edition of 1891–92. In addition to Leaves of Grass, we make available several other of Whitman's books, both poetry and prose, including Drum-Taps, Sequel to Drum-Taps, Memoranda During the War, and Complete Prose Works. Also available are two British editions of Whitman's poetry, produced by William Michael Rossetti and Ernest Rhys in collaboration with Whitman. Whitman's short novel, Franklin Evans, was originally published as a supplement to the New World in 1842 and is therefore included under "Periodicals" below.
This section of the Archive features page images and transcriptions of Whitman's poems that appeared for the first time in periodicals. We also offer page images and full-text transcriptions of selected early journalistic series by Whitman and of Whitman's journalism from the Civil War. In addition, we make available page images of the New York Aurora from the period Whitman served as editor, several months in the spring of 1842. Over time we hope to feature additional journalistic content.
The Translations section of the Archive includes several book-length translations of Whitman's work as well as more than thirty different translations, in five languages, of Whitman's poem "Poets to Come."