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Complete Prose Works Specimen Days and Collect, November Boughs and Goodbye My Fancy

By Walt Whitman
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  • COMPLETE PROSE WORKS
  • Specimen Days and Collect, November Boughs and Good Bye My Fancy
  • DETAILED CONTENTS
  • SPECIMEN DAYS
  • A HAPPY HOUR'S COMMAND
    • ANSWER TO AN INSISTING FRIEND
    • GENEALOGY—VAN VELSOR AND WHITMAN
    • THE OLD WHITMAN AND VAN VELSOR CEMETERIES
    • THE MATERNAL HOMESTEAD
    • TWO OLD FAMILY INTERIORS
    • PAUMANOK, AND MY LIFE ON IT AS CHILD AND YOUNG MAN
    • MY FIRST READING—LAFAYETTE
    • PRINTING OFFICE—OLD BROOKLYN
    • GROWTH—HEALTH—WORK
    • MY PASSION FOR FERRIES
    • BROADWAY SIGHTS
    • OMNIBUS JAUNTS AND DRIVERS
    • PLAYS AND OPERAS TOO
    • THROUGH EIGHT YEARS.
    • SOURCES OF CHARACTER—RESULTS—1860
    • OPENING OF THE SECESSION WAR
    • NATIONAL UPRISING AND VOLUNTEERING
    • CONTEMPTUOUS FEELING
    • BATTLE OF BULL RUN, JULY, 1861
    • THE STUPOR PASSES—SOMETHING ELSE BEGINS
    • DOWN AT THE FRONT
    • AFTER FIRST FREDERICKSBURG
    • BACK TO WASHINGTON
    • FIFTY HOURS LEFT WOUNDED ON THE FIELD
    • HOSPITAL SCENES AND PERSONS
    • PATENT-OFFICE HOSPITAL
    • THE WHITE HOUSE BY MOONLIGHT
    • AN ARMY HOSPITAL WARD
    • A CONNECTICUT CASE
    • TWO BROOKLYN BOYS
    • A SECESH BRAVE
    • THE WOUNDED FROM CHANCELLORSVILLE
    • A NIGHT BATTLE OVER A WEEK SINCE
    • UNNAMED REMAINS THE BRAVEST SOLDIER
    • SOME SPECIMEN CASES
    • MY PREPARATIONS FOR VISITS
    • AMBULANCE PROCESSIONS
    • BAD WOUNDS—THE YOUNG
    • THE MOST INSPIRITING OF ALL WAR'S SHOWS
    • BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG
    • A CAVALRY CAMP
    • A NEW YORK SOLDIER
    • HOME-MADE MUSIC
    • ABRAHAM LINCOLN
    • HEATED TERM
    • SOLDIERS AND TALKS
    • DEATH OF A WISCONSIN OFFICER
    • HOSPITALS ENSEMBLE
    • A SILENT NIGHT RAMBLE
    • SPIRITUAL CHARACTERS AMONG THE SOLDIERS
    • CATTLE DROVES ABOUT WASHINGTON
    • HOSPITAL PERPLEXITY
    • DOWN AT THE FRONT
    • PAYING THE BOUNTIES
    • RUMORS, CHANGES, ETC.
    • VIRGINIA
    • SUMMER OF 1864
    • A NEW ARMY ORGANIZATION FIT FOR AMERICA
    • DEATH OF A HERO
    • HOSPITAL SCENES—INCIDENTS
    • A YANKEE SOLDIER
    • UNION PRISONERS SOUTH
    • DESERTERS
    • A GLIMPSE OF WAR'S HELL-SCENES
    • GIFTS—MONEY—DISCRIMINATION
    • ITEMS FROM MY NOTE BOOKS
    • A CASE FROM SECOND BULL RUN
    • ARMY SURGEONS—AID DEFICIENCIES
    • THE BLUE EVERYWHERE
    • A MODEL HOSPITAL
    • BOYS IN THE ARMY
    • BURIAL OF A LADY NURSE
    • FEMALE NURSES FOR SOLDIERS
    • SOUTHERN ESCAPEES
    • THE CAPITOL BY GAS-LIGHT
    • THE INAUGURATION
    • ATTITUDE OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS DURING THE WAR
    • THE WEATHER—DOES IT SYMPATHIZE WITH THESE TIMES?
    • INAUGURATION BALL
    • SCENE AT THE CAPITOL
    • A YANKEE ANTIQUE
    • WOUNDS AND DISEASES
    • DEATH OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN
    • SHERMAN'S ARMY'S JUBILATION—ITS SUDDEN STOPPAGE
    • NO GOOD PORTRAIT OF LINCOLN
    • RELEAS'D UNION PRISONERS FROM SOUTH
    • DEATH OF A PENNSYLVANIA SOLDIER
    • W. W.
    • THE ARMIES RETURNING
    • THE GRAND REVIEW
    • WESTERN SOLDIERS
    • A SOLDIER ON LINCOLN
    • TWO BROTHERS, ONE SOUTH, ONE NORTH
    • SOME SAD CASES YET
    • CALHOUN'S REAL MONUMENT
    • HOSPITALS CLOSING
    • TYPICAL SOLDIERS
    • "CONVULSIVENESS"
    • THREE YEARS SUMM'D UP
    • THE MILLION DEAD, TOO, SUMM'D UP
    • THE REAL WAR WILL NEVER GET IN THE BOOKS
    • AN INTERREGNUM PARAGRAPH
    • NEW THEMES ENTERED UPON
    • ENTERING A LONG FARM-LANE
    • TO THE SPRING AND BROOK
    • AN EARLY SUMMER REVEILLE
    • BIRDS MIGRATING AT MIDNIGHT
    • BUMBLE-BEES
    • CEDAR-APPLES
    • SUMMER SIGHTS AND INDOLENCIES
    • SUNDOWN PERFUME—QUAILNOTES—THE HERMIT-THRUSH
    • A JULY AFTER-NOON BY THE POND
    • LOCUSTS AND KATY-DIDS
    • THE LESSON OF A TREE
    • AUTUMN SIDE-BITS
    • THE SKY—DAYS AND NIGHTS—HAPPINESS
    • COLORS—A CONTRAST
    • NOVEMBER 8, '76
    • CROWS AND CROWS
    • A WINTER DAY ON THE SEA-BEACH
    • SEA-SHORE FANCIES
    • IN MEMORY OF THOMAS PAINE.
    • A TWO HOURS ICE-SAIL
    • SPRING OVERTURES—RECREATIONS
    • ONE OF THE HUMAN KINKS
    • AN AFTERNOON SCENE
    • THE GATES OPENING
    • THE COMMON EARTH, THE SOIL
    • BIRDS AND BIRDS AND BIRDS
    • FULL-STARR'D NIGHTS
    • MULLEINS AND MULLEINS
    • DISTANT SOUNDS
    • A SUN-BATH-NAKEDNESS
    • THE OAKS AND I
    • A QUINTETTE
    • THE FIRST FROST—MEMS
    • THREE YOUNG MEN'S DEATHS
    • FEBRUARY DAYS
    • A MEADOW LARK
    • SUNDOWN LIGHTS
    • THOUGHTS UNDER AN OAK—A DREAM
    • CLOVER AND HAY PERFUME
    • AN UNKNOWN
    • BIRD-WHISTLING
    • HORSE-MINT
    • THREE OF US
    • DEATH OF WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT
    • JAUNT UP THE HUDSON
    • HAPPINESS AND RASPBERRIES
    • A SPECIMEN TRAMP FAMILY
    • MANHATTAN FROM THE BAY
    • HUMAN AND HEROIC NEW YORK
    • HOURS FOR THE SOUL
    • STRAW-COLOR'D AND OTHER PSYCHES
    • A NIGHT REMEMBRANCE
    • WILD FLOWERS
    • A CIVILITY TOO LONG NEGLECTED
    • DELAWARE RIVER—DAYS AND NIGHTS
    • SCENES ON FERRY AND RIVER—LAST WINTER'S NIGHTS
    • THE FIRST SPRING DAY ON CHESTNUT STREET
    • UP THE HUDSON TO ULSTER COUNTY
    • DAYS AT J. B.'S TURF-FIRES—SPRING SONGS
    • MEETING A HERMIT
    • AN ULSTER COUNTY WATERFALL
    • WALTER DUMONT AND HIS MEDAL
    • HUDSON RIVER SIGHTS
    • TWO CITY AREAS, CERTAIN HOURS
    • CENTRAL PARK WALKS AND TALKS
    • A FINE AFTERNOON, 4 TO 6
    • DEPARTING OF THE BIG STEAMERS
    • TWO HOURS ON THE MINNESOTA
    • MATURE SUMMER DAYS AND NIGHTS
    • EXPOSITION BUILDING—NEW CITY HALL—RIVER TRIP
    • SWALLOWS ON THE RIVER
    • BEGIN A LONG JAUNT WEST
    • IN THE SLEEPER
    • MISSOURI STATE
    • LAWRENCE AND TOPEKA, KANSAS
    • ON TO DENVER—A FRONTIER INCIDENT
    • AN HOUR ON KENOSHA SUMMIT
    • AN EGOTISTICAL "FIND"
    • NEW SENSES: NEW JOYS
    • STEAM-POWER, TELEGRAPHS, ETC
    • AMERICA'S BACK-BONE
    • THE PARKS
    • ART FEATURES
    • DENVER IMPRESSIONS
    • I TURN SOUTH AND THEN EAST AGAIN
    • UNFULFILLED WANTS—THE ARKANSAS RIVER
    • A SILENT LITTLE FOLLOWER-THE COREOPSIS
    • THE PRAIRIES AND GREAT PLAINS IN POETRY
    • THE SPANISH PEAKS—EVENING ON THE PLAINS
    • AMERICA'S CHARACTERISTIC LANDSCAPE
    • EARTH'S MOST IMPORTANT STREAM
    • PRAIRIE ANALOGIES—THE TREE QUESTION
    • MISSISSIPPI VALLEY LITERATURE
    • AN INTERVIEWER'S ITEM
    • THE WOMEN OF THE WEST
    • THE SILENT GENERAL
    • PRESIDENT HAYES'S SPEECHES
    • ST. LOUIS MEMORANDA
    • NIGHTS ON THE MISSISSIPPI
    • UPON OUR OWN LAND
    • EDGAR POE'S SIGNIFICANCE
    • BEETHOVEN'S SEPTETTE
    • A HINT OF WILD NATURE
    • LOAFING IN THE WOODS
    • A CONTRALTO VOICE
    • SEEING NIAGARA TO ADVANTAGE
    • JAUNTING TO CANADA
    • SUNDAY WITH THE INSANE
    • REMINISCENCE OF ELIAS HICKS
    • GRAND NATIVE GROWTH
    • A ZOLLVEREIN BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CANADA
    • THE ST. LAWRENCE LINE
    • THE SAVAGE SAGUENAY
    • CAPES ETERNITY AND TRINITY
    • CHICOUTIMI AND HA-HA BAY
    • THE INHABITANTS—GOOD LIVING
    • DEATH OF THOMAS CARLYLE
    • CARLYLE FROM AMERICAN POINTS OF VIEW
    • A COUPLE OF OLD FRIENDS—A COLERIDGE BIT
    • A WEEK'S VISIT TO BOSTON
    • THE BOSTON OF TO-DAY
    • MY TRIBUTE TO FOUR POETS
    • MILLET'S PICTURES LAST ITEMS
    • BIRDS—AND A CAUTION
    • SAMPLES OF MY COMMON-PLACE BOOK
    • MY NATIVE SAND AND SALT ONCE MORE
    • HOT WEATHER NEW YORK
    • CUSTER'S LAST RALLY
    • SOME OLD ACQUAINTANCES—MEMORIES
    • A DISCOVERY OF OLD AGE
    • A VISIT, AT THE LAST, TO R. W. EMERSON
    • OTHER CONCORD NOTATIONS
    • BOSTON COMMON—MORE OF EMERSON
    • AN OSSIANIC NIGHT—DEAREST FRIENDS
    • ONLY A NEW FERRY-BOAT
    • DEATH OF LONGFELLOW
    • STARTING NEWSPAPERS
    • THE GREAT UNREST OF WHICH WE ARE PART
    • AT PRESENT WRITING—PERSONAL
    • AFTER TRYING A CERTAIN BOOK
    • FINAL CONFESSIONS—LITERARY TESTS
    • NATURE AND DEMOCRACY—MORALITY
  • COLLECT
  • ONE OR TWO INDEX ITEMS
  • DEMOCRATIC VISTAS
  • ORIGINS OF ATTEMPTED SECESSION
  • PREFACES TO "LEAVES OF GRASS"
  • PREFACE, 1855 To first issue of Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • PREFACE, 1872 To As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free Now Thou Mother with
  • PREFACE, 1876 To the two-volume Centennial Edition of Leaves of Grass
    • W. W.
    • POETRY TO-DAY IN AMERICA
    • SHAKSPERE—THE FUTURE
  • A MEMORANDUM AT A VENTURE
  • DEATH OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN LECTURE
  • TWO LETTERS
    • I
    • TO — — — LONDON, ENGLAND
    • W. W.
    • II
    • TO — — — DRESDEN, SAXONY
    • W. W.
  • NOTES LEFT OVER
    • EMERSON'S BOOKS, (THE SHADOWS OF THEM)
    • VENTURES, ON AN OLD THEME
    • A DIALOGUE—
    • BRITISH LITERATURE
    • DARWINISM—(THEN FURTHERMORE)
    • "SOCIETY"
    • DEMOCRACY IN THE NEW WORLD
    • FOUNDATION STAGES—THEN OTHERS
    • GENERAL SUFFRAGE, ELECTIONS, ETC.
    • WHO GETS THE PLUNDER?
    • FRIENDSHIP, (THE REAL ARTICLE)
    • LACKS AND WANTS YET
    • RULERS STRICTLY OUT OF THE MASSES
    • MONUMENTS—THE PAST AND PRESENT
    • LITTLE OR NOTHING NEW, AFTER ALL
    • A LINCOLN REMINISCENCE
    • FREEDOM
    • BOOK-CLASSES—AMERICA'S LITERATURE
    • OUR REAL CULMINATION
    • AN AMERICAN PROBLEM
    • THE LAST COLLECTIVE COMPACTION
  • APPENDIX
  • PIECES IN EARLY YOUTH
    • 1834-'42
    • PAUMANOK.
    • ONE WICKED IMPULSE
    • THE LAST LOYALIST
    • WILD FRANK'S RETURN
    • THE BOY LOVER
    • THE CHILD AND THE PROFLIGATE
    • LINGAVE'S TEMPTATION
    • LITTLE JANE
    • DUMB KATE
    • TALK TO AN ART-UNION
    • BLOOD-MONEY
    • I.
    • II
    • WOUNDED IN THE HOUSE OF FRIENDS
    • SAILING THE MISSISSIPPI AT MIDNIGHT
  • NOVEMBER BOUGHS
  • OUR EMINENT VISITORS
    • Past, Present and Future
  • THE BIBLE AS POETRY
  • FATHER TAYLOR (AND ORATORY)
  • THE SPANISH ELEMENT IN OUR NATIONALITY
    • WALT WHITMAN.
  • WHAT LURKS BEHIND SHAKSPERE'S HISTORICAL PLAYS
  • A THOUGHT ON SHAKSPERE
  • ROBERT BURNS AS POET AND PERSON
  • A WORD ABOUT TENNYSON
  • SLANG IN AMERICA
  • AN INDIAN BUREAU REMINISCENCE
  • SOME DIARY NOTES AT RANDOM
    • NEGRO SLAVES IN NEW YORK
    • COUNTRY DAYS AND NIGHTS—
    • CENTRAL PARK NOTES
    • PLATE GLASS NOTES
  • SOME WAR MEMORANDA
    • Jotted Down at the Time
    • WASHINGTON STREET SCENES
    • THE 195TH PENNSYLVANIA
    • LEFT-HAND WRITING BY SOLDIERS
    • CENTRAL VIRGINIA IN '64
    • PAYING THE 1ST U. S. C. T.
  • FIVE THOUSAND POEMS
  • THE OLD BOWERY
  • NOTES TO LATE ENGLISH BOOKS
  • PREFACE TO THE READER IN THE BRITISH ISLANDS—"Specimen Days in
    • ADDITIONAL NOTE, 1887
  • PREFACE TO "DEMOCRATIC VISTAS" WITH OTHER PAPERS—English Edition
    • WALT WHITMAN,
  • ABRAHAM LINCOLN
  • NEW ORLEANS IN 1848
  • SMALL MEMORANDA
    • Thousands lost—here one or two preserv'd
    • NOTE TO A FRIEND
    • W.W.
    • WRITTEN IMPROMPTU IN AN ALBUM
    • W.W.
    • THE PLACE GRATITUDE FILLS IN A FINE CHARACTER
  • LAST OF THE WAR CASES
    • Memorandized at the time, Washington, 1865-'66
  • Endnotes (such as they are) founded on
    • ELIAS HICKS
    • GEORGE FOX (AND SHAKSPERE)
  • GOOD-BYE MY FANCY
    • AN OLD MAN'S REJOINDER
    • OLD POETS
    • SHIP AHOY
    • FOR QUEEN VICTORIA'S BIRTHDAY
  • AMERICAN NATIONAL LITERATURE
    • Is there any such thing—or can there ever be?
    • GATHERING THE CORN
  • A DEATH-BOUQUET
    • Pick'd Noontime, early January, 1890
  • SOME LAGGARDS YET
    • THE PERFECT HUMAN VOICE
    • SHAKSPERE FOR AMERICA
    • "UNASSAIL'D RENOWN"
    • INSCRIPTION FOR A LITTLE BOOK ON GIORDANO BRUNO
    • SPLINTERS
    • HEALTH, (OLD STYLE)
    • GAY-HEARTEDNESS
    • AS IN A SWOON.
    • L. OF G.
    • AFTER THE ARGUMENT.
    • FOR US TWO, READER DEAR.
  • MEMORANDA
    • A WORLD'S SHOW
    • NEW YORK—THE BAY—THE OLD NAME
    • A SICK SPELL
    • TO BE PRESENT ONLY
    • "INTESTINAL AGITATION"
    • "WALT WHITMAN'S LAST 'PUBLIC'"
    • INGERSOLL'S SPEECH
    • FEELING FAIRLY
    • OLD BROOKLYN DAYS
    • TWO QUESTIONS
  • PREFACE
    • AN ENGINEER'S OBITUARY
    • W. W.
    • OLD ACTORS, SINGERS, SHOWS, &C., IN NEW YORK
    • SOME PERSONAL AND OLD-AGE JOTTINGS
    • OUT IN THE OPEN AGAIN
    • AMERICA'S BULK AVERAGE
    • LAST SAVED ITEMS
  • WALT WHITMAN'S LAST {49}
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