Sadakichi’s conversations with Whitman
(WHITMAN, WALT.) Hartmann, Sadakichi. Conversations with Walt Whitman. Written in 1894
New York: Coby, 1895
Original wrappers. Chipped and tape repaired.
FIRST EDITION. After reading Leaves of Grass, 17-year-old Sadakichi Hartmann sought out and befriended Walt Whitman, who became a mentor. This volume recounts their conversations. The poet declared, “I have more hopes of him, more faith in him than any of the boys.”
Son of a German diplomat and a Japanese woman, Sadakichi Hartmann later achieved minor fame as a photography critic, friend of a range of modernists, poet, Bohemian in New York, and actor and bon-vivant in Hollywood.