SYMONDS, John Addington.
Walt Whitman: A Study.
First trade edition, first impression. A correspondent with Whitman, Symonds infamously asked Whitman about the homoerotic content of the “Calamus” poems, which prompted Whitman’s reply on 19 August 1980 denying the “morbid inferences”: “My life, young manhood, mid-age, times South, etc., have been jolly bodily, and doubtless open to criticism. Though unmarried I have had six children — two are dead — one living Southern grandchild — fine boy, writes to me occasionally — circumstances … have separated me from intimate relations.”
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Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt, green endpapers, top edge gilt. Portrait frontispiece and 4 plates. Spine ends and tips rubbed, occasional faint foxing to contents; an excellent copy.