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RQ-50658-12Research Programs: Scholarly Editions and TranslationsUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnWalt Whitman as an Author Before Leaves of Grass8/1/2013 - 1/31/2017$330,000.00Kenneth PriceEd FolsomUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnLincolnNE68503-2427USA2012American LiteratureScholarly Editions and TranslationsResearch Programs3300000329845.810

The preparation for online publication of a selection of 19th-century American author Walt Whitman's early published and unpublished writings as part of an existing digital archive devoted to Whitman. (36 months)

The Walt Whitman Archive, a digital archive that makes Whitman's vast work easily and conveniently accessible to scholars, students, and general readers alike, seeks to expand its content to include Whitman-authored materials written before the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass. This "foreground" period consists of Whitman's novel, Franklin Evans (1842); his roughly two dozen short stories and vignettes initially published between 1841 and 1848 in news and literary papers; his unpublished pre-1855 prose manuscripts; his pre-Leaves of Grass notebooks; and a significant selection of Whitman's journalism in which he develops a persona across multiple articles. The Whitman Archive proposes to gather, edit, and annotate Whitman's early materials for digital publication and will offer, for the first time, a seamlessly integrated presentation of Whitman's literary contributions in the lead-up to his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass.