A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman by David S. Reynolds

A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman

EditorDavid S. Reynolds

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Few authors are so well suited to historical study as Whitman, who is widely considered America's greatest poet. This Guide combines contemporary cultural studies and historical scholarship to illuminate Whitman's diverse contexts. The essays explore dimensions of Whitman's dynamicrelationship to working-class politics, race and slavery, sexual mores, the visual arts, and the idea of democracy. The poet who emerges from this volume is no "solitary singer," distanced from his culture, but what he himself called "the age transfigured," fully enmeshed in his times and addressingissues that are still vital today.

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David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Baruch College in New York. His publications include Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography (1995).
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Title:A Historical Guide to Walt WhitmanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.91 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195120825

ISBN - 13:9780195120820

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Table of Contents

David S. Reynolds: IntroductionDavid S. Reynolds: Capsule BiographyEd Folsom: Lucifer and Ethiopia: Whitman, Race, and Poetics before and after the Civil WarJerome Loving: The Political Roots of the First Leaves of GrassM. Jimmie Killingsworth: Whitman's "Calamus": A Rhetorical Prehistory of the Gay American EthosRoberta K. Tarbell: Whitman and the Visual ArtsKenneth Cmiel: To Be Free and Rule: Whitman on the Razor's EdgeDavid S. Reynolds: Bibliographical EssayDavid S. Reynolds: Dual Chronology

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Leaves of Grass was one of your favourite titles in college and ever since those carefree days, you’ve been a Whitman fan. Relive those memories and discover much more about one of America’s greatest poets and the meaning his work in A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman. In this insightful resource, editor David S. Reynolds includes several essays that reflect on such ideas as democratic principles, class structures and the tragic effects of the slavery.