Walt Whitman and the American Reader by Ezra GreenspanWalt Whitman and the American Reader by Ezra Greenspan

Walt Whitman and the American Reader

byEzra Greenspan

Paperback | April 30, 2009

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In Walt Whitman and the American Reader, Greenspan casts Whitman as the central actor on the stage of nineteenth-century American literary culture--a culture redefining its democratic identity. Against the context of the major changes revolutionizing the professions of printer, publisher, bookseller, and author, he examines the connection between the bookmaking culture of mid-century and Leaves of Grass, and between the conditions for authorship and Whitman's career. The result is a far-ranging study of Whitman as a model of the nineteenth-century American writer writing for--and sometimes reacting against--the newly enfranchised, expanded reading public of his time.
Title:Walt Whitman and the American ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:April 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521109973

ISBN - 13:9780521109970

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Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Whitman and the Conditions for Authorship in Nineteenth-century America; Part II. Whitman, Leaves of Grass and the Reader; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Ezra Greenspan has brought together an abundance of information that he puts to good use in constructing a context for the emergence of Whitman from journeyman printer to journalist to poet....This is a fresh and comprehensive study." Paul Kane, Journal of American History