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Catherine Reef's fascinating, in-depth biography explores the life and character of one of America's greatest poets, incorporating highlights from his writings and photographs of the poet and the America he experienced. In "Leaves of Grass," first published in 1855, Whitman's innovative, free poetic style celebrated nineteenth-century America and himself as one of its citi ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 25th 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers
(first published 1995)
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I'm rating this four stars because it is a well written biography for children, although I'm not sure how many 11 year old kids would actually pick Walt Whitman as the subject for study. It included a lot of excerpts from his poetry and letters, as well as many photographs. Adults might prefer to read Walt Whitman's America by David Reynolds. Much more meat.
Catherine Reef is the author of more than 35 nonfiction books for young people. Her books for Clarion include the highly acclaimed JOHN STEINBECK and SIGMUND FREUD, which was the recipient of the 2002 Sydney Taylor Award, presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries. She lives in College Park, Maryland.More about Catherine Reef