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The Feinberg-Whitman Collection

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["O Captain! My Captain!" page 1]["O Captain! My Captain!" page 2][55K JPG] [41K JPG]

An early draft of Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!"-the famous dirge inspired by Abraham Lincoln's death. Whitman recited his popular poem and delivered his Lincoln lecture almost annually in the 1880s. Only two lines from this version of the much-revised poem survive in the final "deathbed" edition (1891-92) of the poet's lifetime verse compendium Leaves of Grass.

[Whitman in his sitting-room] [28K JPG]

This photograph of Whitman was taken in his sitting-room in Camden, N.J., where he lived the last eight years of his life.

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