General Series Editors: Gay Wilson Allen and Sculley Bradley
Originally published between 1961 and 1984, and now available in
paperback for the first time, the critically acclaimed
Collected Writings of Walt Whitman captures every
facet of one of America''s most important poets.
In discussing letter-writing, Whitman made his own views clear.
Simplicity and naturalness were his guidelines. "I like my letters
to be personal-very personal-and then stop." The six volumes in
The Correspondence comprise nearly 3,000 letters
written over a half century, revealing Whitman the person as no
other documents can.
This volume, together with Volume IV, covers
the last seven years of Whitman''s life, giving an almost
day-by-day account of his long struggle with various ailments, his
stoical acceptance of constant pain, but also his continuing
energy. This period saw his supervision and publication of two
complete editions of Leaves of Grass, as well as
November Boughs and Good-bye My Fancy. Although
Whitman himself admitted that many of his later poems were "pot
boilers," designed primarily to make money, his recognition and
popularity continued to grow as his health declined. His poems were
printed seemingly everywhere and the volume of critical commentary
increased. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Whitman did not
suffer from neglect of indifference.