By Donald D. Kummings
A significant other To Walt Whitman is an anthology of 35 unique essays written via prime 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 yank Civil warfare, to the original nuances of the first actual version of "Leaves of Grass", A spouse 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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1893). In re Walt Whitman. Philadelphia: David McKay. Traubel, Horace (1906–96). : vol. 1 (1906) Boston: Small, Maynard; vol. 2 (1908) New York: Appleton; vol. 3 (1914) New York: Mitchell Kennerley; vol. 4, ed. Sculley Bradley (1953) Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press; vol. 5, ed. Gertrude Traubel (1964) Carbondale: University of Southern Illinois Press; vol. 6, ed. Gertrude Traubel and William White (1982) Carbondale: University of Southern Illinois Press; vol. 7, ed. Jeanne Chapman and Robert MacIsaac (1992) Carbondale: University of Southern Illinois Press; vols.
In an 1890 letter, Whitman responded to what he called Symonds’s ‘‘morbid inferences’’ (Corr, 5: 72–3) with an outrageously unconvincing story of having fathered six children. Whitman also circulated in these years among artists, some of whom wanted to capture his image: John W. Alexander, for instance, asked Whitman to sit for a portrait in 1886, sculptor Sidney Morse created a bust in 1887, and Thomas Eakins finished a portrait in 1888. During Whitman’s final years, however, Horace Traubel proved to be his steadiest friend.
Other public defenses of Whitman ensued. Burroughs published an insightful essay titled ‘‘Walt Whitman and his ‘Drum-Taps’ ’’ (1866) in the Galaxy and followed up with Notes on Walt Whitman as Poet and Person (1867). In England, Moncure Conway published in 1866 an essay that openly endorsed Whitman’s poetic achievements. William Michael Rossetti followed in 1867 with his own essay on ‘‘Walt Whitman’s Poems,’’ before putting together a British edition of the Poems of Walt Whitman in 1868. Rossetti’s edition paved the way for an expanding appreciation of Whitman’s work throughout the British Isles and into Europe.