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.
The two-volume set of Prose Works 1892 proves
that Whitman''s prose has a quality no less original and
distinctive than his poetry.
Originally written and published as newspaper dispatches,
Specimen Days is a collection of Whitman's
on-the-spot notes of his experiences as a volunteer nurse in the
hospitals in and around Washington during the Civil War. It
contains, too, his nature studies, jotted down at the Stafford Farm
near Camden during the years of convalescence after his paralysis
in 1873. In these records of his observations, Whitman's love and
devoted care of the individual soldiers overshadow his concern for
the course of the war itself and his interest in its major
personalities. He sees, above all else, the wounded men in front of
him, and these he describes in the simple, direct language that
unmistakably marks his poetry as well.