by Tracy Dahlby
Walt Whitman understood transcendence of national mood is an uphill climb. Periods of division and strife sort new realities into a renovated sense of purpose. Yet periods of upheaval must necessarily lead to a refitting, not obliteration, of our common story or democracy is toast.
SOURCE: NY Times
by Ed Simon
With our democracy in crisis, the poet and prophet of the American ideal should be our guide.
A digital sleuth has discovered an anonymously published 1852 serial novel by the poet, which survived in only a single copy of an obscure newspaper.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
The rare Whitman “soldier letter,” one of only three known to exist, was discovered last month by a National Archives volunteer who is part of a team preparing Civil War widows’ pension files to be digitized and placed online.
SOURCE: Boston Globe
by Richard Kreitner
It’s difficult to think of a writer as antique as Whitman whose legacy is still as much up for grabs.
SOURCE: Journal Star
Combing through the Library of Congress’s collection of penny newspapers, Wendy Katz stumbled across a famous set of initials. W.W. Yes, that W.W.
by Justin Martin
Between roughly 1858 and 1862, Walt Whitman spent almost every night hanging out in a dingy Manhattan saloon.
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