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Walt Whitman: The Song of Himself

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Walt Whitman: The Song of Himself is the first full-length critical biography of Walt Whitman in more than forty years. Jerome Loving makes use of recently unearthed archival evidence and newspaper writings to present the most accurate, complete, and complex portrait of the poet to date. This authoritative biography affords fresh, often revelatory insights into many aspect ...more
Paperback, 582 pages
Published December 6th 2000 by University of California Press (first published 1999)
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Joan Colby
Mar 01, 2014 Joan Colby rated it it was amazing
A brilliant, comprehensive and moving biography of the great poet. It’s revealing of how cultural changes effect literature. Though some criticism of his forthright handling of sexual matters was directed at Whitman when the first edition of Leaves of Grass was published, it was nothing compared to the attacks of the 1880’s during the height of the Victorian era. Though Whitman occasionally submitted to removal of some poems in later editions, he consistently defended his manuscript and insisted ...more
Jul 24, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Whitman poetry.
I found this very intersting. I assumed from reading Leaves of Grass that walt was gay. The book discusses this issue at length and there is no proof either way. He had illegitimate children so he was possibly bisexual. He wasn't afriad of writing on sexuality in his time and that was what caused him trouble. He was a bohemian if there ever was one.

You learn alot about his life, family, friends, work and travels in this book. It includes some great photographs of the era.

Dec 15, 2009 Aspasia rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A biography I read for a research paper- a bit long-winded at times but very informational.
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