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Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)


By Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Volume
Printed in Raised Letters
for the Blind

June 15, 1885

At the end we have two notes, from the editor of the Complete Poetical Works, and from the online editor. Notes on the separate pages of poems, in square brackets, are from Horace E. Scudder, editor of the Cambridge Edition, Complete Poetical Works, unless otherwise labelled. They sometimes consist of the context and author's notes when the poem was printed in one of Holmes's prose works.

Dates are given as when first composed, when known, otherwise first collected publication in parentheses.

[Complete Poetical Works editor's note: ] This volume [printed in raised letters for the blind] was published in 1885 from the Howe Memorial Press in Boston, the Prelude called Dedication being dated June 15, of that year. There are ninety-one poems in the collection, and of these the following were designated by Dr Holmes, who so far aided in the selection:--

[Online editor's note: ] We extract them from the collected works of 1895. Since we are unable to read the Braille edition, we don't know what its other contents were, following "The Silent Melody." But we have added some of our own favorites from the complete poems, with a few written after 1885. Notes are from the Complete Poetical Works edited by Horace E. Scudder. Several are illustrated but have text descriptions added by the online editor.