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November 3, 2012

Walt Whitman on Marriage

Walt Whitman

On this day in 1871 Walt Whitman declined an offer of marriage from Mrs. Anne Gilchrist, a literary critic who had heard “the voice of my mate” in Leaves of Grass. Whitman’s usual response to such offers was philosophical-“It’s better than getting medals from a king or pensions from Congress”-but the middle-aged Mrs. Gilchrist still felt “young enough to bear thee children, my darling,” and had threatened to move to America.

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