By David S. Reynolds
Few authors are so like minded to old learn as Whitman, who's extensively thought of America's maximum poet. This consultant combines modern cultural stories and historic scholarship to light up Whitman's varied contexts. The essays discover dimensions of Whitman's dynamic dating to working-class politics, race and slavery, sexual mores, the visible arts, and the belief of democracy. The poet who emerges from this quantity is not any "solitary singer," distanced from his tradition, yet what he himself known as "the age transfigured," totally enmeshed in his occasions and addressing concerns which are nonetheless very important at the present time.
Read or Download A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman (Historical Guides to American Authors) PDF
Similar criticism & theory books
Thoreau was once a poet, a naturalist, a big American author. was once he additionally a scientist? He used to be, Laura Dassow partitions indicates. Her e-book, the first to think about Thoreau as a major and dedicated scientist, will switch the best way we comprehend his accomplishment and where of technology in American tradition.
In Ross Kilpatrick's research of the 1st ebook of Horace's Epistles, the controlling moral subject that emerges is friendship. in line with Kilpatrick, Horace systematically explores and applies, with affection, tact, sincerity, and a kindly experience of humour, the tasks of amicitia.
"All artwork consistently aspires towards the of music," wrote Walter Pater. The Celestial Twins, whereas spotting many affinities among track and poetry, argues that poetry in Western tradition has again and again separated itself from track contexts and that the easiest poetry is a basically verbal paintings. H.
First version. desk of contents, preface, footnotes, index. A serious examine of Howells's later novels. x, 254 pages. fabric, airborne dirt and dust jacket. eightvo. .
- De-Hegemonizing Language Standards: Learning from (Post)Colonial Englishes about ‘English’
- Varieties of Exile: The Canadian Experience
- The Fictional World of William Hoffman
- Universes without us : posthuman cosmologies in American literature
Extra resources for A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman (Historical Guides to American Authors)
PW,I:23. 3. "There Was a Child Went Forth," LGC, 365. 4. Horace Traubel, Richard Maurice Bucke, and Thomas B. , In Re Walt Whitman (Philadelphia: David McKay, 1893), 34. 5. LGC, 365. 6. WCP, 695. 7. WWC, III:205. 8. Henry M. Christian, ed. Walt Whitman's New York (New York: Macmillan, 1963), 57. 9. : Peter Smith, 1972), I:xxvi, n. 9. 10. WWC, I:194. n. All quotations in this paragraph are from WEP, 248-49. 12. See Horace Traubel, "Walt Whitman, Schoolmaster: Notes of a Conversation with Charles A.
When the book appeared in June, it contained 166 poems, 154 of them new. For the first time, the poems were arranged in clusters, among which were "Chants Democratic," focusing on society and politics, "Enfans d'Adam," on love between the sexes, and "Calamus," on comradeship and same-sex love. Handsomely printed and bound, the 1860 edition sold some 3,000 to 4,000 copies. " Thayer and Eldridge, despite its grandiose promises, fell into financial hard times and declared bankruptcy in January 1861.
46 Although his dream of being "absorbed" by his country was wildly overconfident, he did what he could to make it come true. He had been scribbling desultory snippets of poetry for years, using paper scraps and a notebook, but when he brought the passages together, added many new ones and a last-minute preface, he did so with a considerable amount of urgency. In the spring of 1855, he had 800 or so copies of his poems privately printed in Brooklyn. He filed for a copyright on May 15, and on July 5 the "first state" of the volume, with its wide and thin green binding and gold filigree lettering, was advertised for sale at local bookstores.