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Collection Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of Walt Whitman Papers

Timeline

A chronology of key events in the life of Walt Whitman.

  • 1819, May 31

    Born, West Hills, Long Island, N.Y.

  • 1830-1846

    Various jobs as office boy, printer's devil, schoolteacher, typesetter, and journalist

  • 1839-1840

    Writer and typesetter, Long Island Democrat

  • 1841-1848

    Associated with over ten newspapers and magazines, including the Aurora (New York) and the Evening Tattler (New York)

  • 1846-1848

    Editor, Brooklyn Eagle

  • 1848

    Writer, New Orleans Crescent Editor, Brooklyn Freeman

  • 1855

    Published Leaves of Grass (Brooklyn, N.Y.: [Printed by Rome Brothers, Brooklyn, New York]. 95 pp.); enlarged and revised in succeeding editions of 1856, 1860-1861, 1867, 1871, 1876, 1881-1882, 1888-1889, and 1891-1892

  • 1857-1859

    Editor, Brooklyn Times

  • 1862-1864

    Hospital nurse, Washington, D.C.

  • 1865

    Published Drum Taps (New York: [Printed by Peter Eckler, New York]. 72 pp.) Clerk, Interior Department

  • 1865-1873

    Clerk, Office of the Attorney General, Justice Department

  • 1871

    Published Democratic Vistas (Washington, D.C.: [Printed by J. S. Redfield, New York]. 84 pp.)

    Published Passage to India (Washington, D.C.: [Printed by J. S. Redfield, New York]. 120 pp.)

    Published After All, Not to Create Only (Boston: Roberts Brothers. 24 pp.)

  • 1872

    Published As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free (Washington, D.C.: [Printed by S. W. Green, New York]. 14 pp.)

  • 1873

    Suffered paralytic stroke

  • 1875-1876

    Published Memoranda During the War (Camden, N.J.: Author's edition. 68 pp.)

  • 1876

    Published Two Rivulets (Camden, N.J.: Author's edition. 32 pp.)

  • 1882-1883

    Published Specimen Days and Collect (Philadelphia: David McKay. 376 pp.)

  • 1888

    Published November Boughs (Philadelphia: David McKay. 140 pp.)

  • 1891

    Published Good-Bye My Fancy (Philadelphia: David McKay. 66 pp.)

  • 1892, Mar. 26

    Died, Camden, N.J.

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