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The Nineteenth Century

After W.H. Alden, the editor of Harper's Monthly Magazine, wrote Whitman in May 1885 that the series of poems of "Fancies at Navesink" would not "make a favorable impression upon our readers," Whitman sent this cluster of eight poems to the English journal Nineteenth Century. Edited by James Thomas Knowles, Jr., the Nineteenth Century was published in London from 1877-1900. The magazine, designed to be a review of science, politics, religion, and literature, was, from the first, liberal in outlook and known for controversial articles and essays. Contributors included a range of major British figures, such as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Huxley, Algernon Swinburne, an admirer of Whitman's early work, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Not only was the Nineteenth Century a commercial success, it was a major periodical of the era. Whitman's "Fancies at Navesink" thus appeared in a journal many considered to be a literary power in England and America.



Poems

"Fancies at Navesink." The Nineteenth Century 18 (August 1885): 234-237. Eight poems comprised the "Fancies at Navesink" cluster when it appeared in the Nineteenth Century:

  • "The Pilot in the mist." Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).
  • "Had I the choice." Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).
  • "You Tides with ceaseless swell." In the Nineteenth Century printing, this poem appears at the top of page 236 without a title. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).
  • "Last of Ebb, and Daylight waning." Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).
  • "[And yet not you alone]." Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).
  • "Proudly the Flood comes in." Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).
  • "By that long scan of Waves." Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).
  • "Then last of all." Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888).



Bibliography

Blodgett, Harold W., and Sculley Bradley, eds.Leaves of Grass: Comprehensive Reader's Edition. New York: New York University Press, 1965.

Myerson, Joel. Walt Whitman: A Descriptive Bibliography. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993.

Traubel, Horace. With Walt Whitman in Camden. Vol. 1.Boston: Small, Maynard and Company, 1906.

Houghton, Walter."The Nineteenth Century." Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals (1824-1900). Electronic Resource. London: Routledge,1999.



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