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New Walt Whitman Manuscript Discovered

Kelly Campbell

Walt WhitmanA literary treasure buried for more than a century has been discovered by a University of Houston grad student according to a report on NPR's "All Things Considered."

The new work is a 36,000-word novella that had been originally published anonymously, in six parts, in a New York newspaper in 1852. It's called, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Auto-Biography; In Which The Reader Will Find Some Familiar Characters. Subtitle: A Story of New York at the Present Time.

The full book was published online in the literary journal Walt Whitman Quarterly Review; the University of Iowa Press is releasing it in book form.

Walt Whitman's birthplace, seen in photo below, is a New York State park within the Long Island Town of Huntington.Walt Whitman's birthplace in Huntington, NY on Long Island



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