Among the Library's treasures is a hand-built timber cabinet housing correspondence between one of America's most important poets, Walt Whitman, and a librarian at the Melbourne Supreme Court, Bernard O'Dowd.
In March 1890 O’Dowd sent his first fan letter to Whitman. A brief correspondence followed and Whitman sent twelve letters, as well as various books and pictures of himself, to O’Dowd.
Here, Kate Torney discusses the Whitman letters and reads some excerpts from the men's heartfelt correspondence.
Discover more about the Whitman letters
- Read more about the cabinet of Whitman letters in the La Trobe Journal.
- See photos of the letters in our blog post 'Dear Walt: Whitman in Victoria'.
- Listen to Radio National's segment on the friendship between Whitman and O'Dowd.
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