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Walt Whitman's views of literature - the Bible...
Denver print... Card-playing in New Mexico...
Item # 175180
April 23, 1887
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, April 23, 1887
The entire ftpg. is a print by R. F. Zogbaum captioned: "The Prairie Letter Box" showing a cowboy on horseback dropping a letter in a mail box.
Other prints in this issue including a fullpg. with 5 vignettes of: "The Celebration of the Columbia College Centennial"; two-thirds of a page with 3 prints on: "The Great Fire at St. Augustine, Florida" which includes a print of "The St. Augustine Hotel, Cathedral. & Old Slave Market Before the Fire."
There is a great double page centerfold of: "The City of Denver, and Mountain Scenes in Colorado" done by Charles Graham which includes 7 prints including a nice skyline view of the city of Denver. Also a halfpg. political cartoon by Rogers: "The Returned Prodigal Shows Signs of Relapse"; a small print of "Count Lyof N. Tolstoy"" and a nice full page print by famed Western artist Frederic Remington: "A Quarrel Over Cards--A Sketch From a New Mexican Ranch".
Although not photoed, page 291 has: "MR WALT WHITMAN said recently that he had never received nourishment from any American poetry, nor from any contemporaneous foreign poetry. The only poetry that had nourished was Sir WALTER Scott's Border minstrelsy, particularly Sir Walter's memoranda of interviews with old Scotsmen and Scotswomen respecting the folklore of their earlier days. The folklore of witchcraft was especially interesting to him. But he found the Bible to be his best book of poetry, and he never traveled without a copy of it nor passed to day at home without reading it. His views to personal immortality became clearer as he grew older, in no sense of the term did he regard himself as an agnostic. While Mr WHITMAN was speaking two bright boys were up his knees and embracing his snowy head. They called him Uncle WALT and he kissed them passionately. They are his favorite playmates when he is visiting this city...".
Other news and advertisements of the day are included. Complete in 16 pages.