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By Donald D. Kummings

A spouse To Walt Whitman is an anthology of 35 unique essays written by way of best students, discussing the cultural and literary context of Whitman's vintage poetry and prose works. From the impression of nineteenth-century pop culture on Whitman and his literature, to the repercussions of the yankee Civil warfare, to the original nuances of the first actual version of "Leaves of Grass", A better half To Walt Whitman is an erudite exploration of not just the works themselves and their mirrored image of Whitman's period, but additionally the precious insights they impart to offer and destiny generations. hugely recommended.

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2005 6:44am Journalism 37 While Whitman continued to write articles for various Brooklyn and New York newspapers as well as literary magazines after his voluntary disconnection from the Brooklyn Daily Freeman in 1849, it seems that his faith in the newspaper editor as an agent of reform and general uplifting waned, especially as national developments turned to compromise and expediency over the issue of the extension of slavery into the territories. In 1859 Whitman published 17 ‘‘Paragraph Sketches of Brooklynites’’ in the Brooklyn Daily Advertiser, followed 10 years later by ‘‘Brooklyniana: A Series of Thirty-Nine Local Articles, on Past and Present’’ (Bergman 1971b: 436).

These lectures provided the poet with income and deepened in national memory the association of Whitman with the dead President. Canadian physician Richard Maurice Bucke came to Camden in 1877 to see the poet and began his long friendship with Whitman. Writers from England also began to call. Edward Carpenter – a champion of Whitman’s work in England and author of works on same-sex love and democracy – visited in 1877 and again in 1884. Oscar Wilde dropped by in 1882, and Whitman described him to Stafford as ‘‘a fine large handsome youngster’’ (Corr, 3: 264).

Whitman turned out 795 copies of the 95-page, oversized volume and bound them in a green cover with gold lettering that read ‘‘Leaves of Grass,’’ a cover that resembled Fanny Fern’s best-selling Fern Leaves from Fanny’s Portfolio (1853). During the month that followed, the poet experienced emotional lows and highs. A failing Walter, Sr. died on July 11. Ten days later, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote to acknowledge the copy of Leaves of Grass that Whitman had sent. ’ I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit & wisdom that America has yet contributed’’ (Corr, 1: 41).

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