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Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate: A Tale of the Times

2.75  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Not many people know that Walt Whitman—arguably the preeminent American poet of the nineteenth century—began his literary career as a novelist. Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate: A Tale of the Times was his first and only novel. Published in 1842, during a period of widespread temperance activity, it became Whitman’s most popular work during his lifetime, selling some twent ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 17th 2007 by Duke University Press Books (first published 1842)
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Nel 1826, con la pubblicazione di sei sermoni sull’Intemperanza, il predicatore evangelico Lyman Beecher avviò la sua personale crociata contro le sostanze alcoliche. Nello stesso anno, a Boston, venne fondata l’American Temperance Society. In poco più di dieci anni, l’associazione avrebbe contato oltre 1.250.000 membri in tutti gli Stati Uniti.
Lo stesso Whitman, che da giovane non aveva mai consumato alcool, aderì con fervore al movimento.
Nel novembre del 1842, a soli 23 a
Ryan Coleman
Nov 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If no one else will review this book I will. Franklin Evans was a busted hoe and a deeply stupid man. I felt no sympathy for him. Walt your sensational tactics will not work on me. Sweetie, stick to your poetry.
Whitman’s Franklin Evans (1842) will not make my official reading list for exams, but I did just finish it as a title on my preliminary list. What’s probably most interesting about the novel (Whitman’s first!) is he ironically wrote it on a three-day bender merely to turn a profit. Temperance novels were wildly popular in the 19C, especially in the 1840s with the concurrent Washingtonian Movement. Whitman published the novel in a special issue of The New World, and it was also later serialized i ...more
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Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another book I read for class!

All I have to say is that I'm really glad Whitman realized that he preferred to write poetry over novels lol.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The three-star rating is an average between a five-star rating of an intriguing entry in Whitman's life and a one- or two-star rating for the actual story itself. From a historical point of view, this book is amazing (I may or may not expound upon this later). But from a purely entertainment perspective, unless you are interested in the entirety of Whitman's works or temperance novels in general, I would not recommend reading it. It's beyond over-the-top and cliched (even though calling somethin ...more
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For Whitman completists only--and even then, I have strong reservations about this simplistic narrative of a besotted drunkard that is by turns predictable and implausible. One can't even call it a mediocre bildungsroman in the vein of Dickens: it's too short for that, though it does feature the kind of benefactors and rascally villains (here, all feebly sketched and caricatured) that populate Dickens's novels. This polemical piece of work has nothing to recommend it other than the occasional po ...more
Joe Nelis
I wish I could say something better about this, but it was poorly put together, implausible in several parts due to the sensationalist rhetoric at work, and down right sexist in some ways that I don't have time to get into at the moment. Some of the poetic description on might expect from Whitman is there, but it doesn't make up for the flaws.
Jae El Foster
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whitman's often-banned novel about the love of a white man and a creole slave. A tragic tale and some of Whitman's best penmanship.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel itself is interesting merely as a historical curiosity, but the extensive introduction to it is fantastic. It taught me some things about Whitman that I had not known before.
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Walter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.

Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during

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