Walt Whitman: The Contemporary Reviews by Kenneth M. PriceWalt Whitman: The Contemporary Reviews by Kenneth M. Price

Walt Whitman: The Contemporary Reviews

EditorKenneth M. Price

Hardcover | May 31, 1996

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This volume, a significant contribution to the reception history of Leaves of Grass, Specimen Days, and other works, reproduces the full range of the contemporary reviews of Whitman's various books. Brash and iconoclastic, revered and reviled at various times, Whitman came in for an astonishing array of commentary ranging from sympathy to hostility. Reviews by William Dean Howells, Henry James, Oscar Wilde and (writing anonymously) Whitman himself, and a host of other writers clarify much about both the poet and nineteenth-century American culture.
Title:Walt Whitman: The Contemporary ReviewsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:382 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.14 inPublished:May 31, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521453879

ISBN - 13:9780521453875

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Table of Contents

Leaves of Grass (1855); Leaves of Grass (1856); A Child's Reminiscence (1859); Leaves of Grass (1860); Drum-Taps; Leaves of Grass (1867); Poems by Walt Whitman (1868), ed. William Michael Rossetti; Two Rivulets (1876); Leaves of Grass (1881-82); Specimen Days and Collect (1882-83); November Boughs (1888); Complete Poems and Prose (1888); Democratic Vistas, and Other Papers (1888); Good-Bye My Fancy (1891).

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The American Critical Archives is a series of reference books that provide representative selections of contemporary reviews of the main works of major American authors. Specifically, each volume contains both full reviews and excerpts from reviews that appeared in newspapers and weekly and monthly periodicals, generally within a few months of the publication of the work concerned. There is an introductory historical overview by the volume editor, as well as checklists of additional reviews located but not quoted. This volume, a significant contribution to the reception history of Leaves of Grass, Specimen Days, and other works, reproduces the full range of the contemporary reviews of Whitman's books. Brash and iconoclastic, revered and reviled at various times, Whitman - because of his bold literary experiments and frank treatment of sexuality - was accorded an astonishing array of commentary, ranging from sympathy with his "hearty wholesomeness" to hostility toward poems that were a "mass of stupid filth". Reviews by Rufus Griswold, Fanny Fern, John Burroughs, W

Editorial Reviews

"Kenneth M. Price's edition of the early reviews of Whitman's work is a carefully edited, beautifully produced, and fundamentally important collection. For the first time, we have available a full...gathering of the contemporary responses to Whitman's raging sequence of book publications...One of the values of a book such as Price's is that it inspires and initiates work that eventually updates and supplements what the editor has done. It is a testament to the quality of Price's work that so little supplementing needs to be done to a collection that covers such a vast range of responses to Whitman's multitudinous career. Price's volume allows us to begin to hear Whitman as last century's readers heard him." Ed Folsom, Resiurces for American Literary Study