Walt Whitman's Civil War: WALT WHITMANS CIVIL WAR

Paperback | March 22, 1989

byWalter Lowenfels, Walt Whitman

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In 1863 Walt Whitman first proposed to the publisher John Redpath a book about his Civil War experiences. It was never published. But in a draft prospectus Whitman described ”a new book . . . with its framework jotted down on the battlefield, in the shelter tent, by the wayside amid the rubble of passing artillery trains or the moving cavalry in the streets of Washington . . . a book full of the blood and vitality of the American people.” Walter Lowenfels has edited the book Whitman could only envision. From a mosaic of materials—newspaper dispatches, letters, notebooks, published and unpublished works—as well as thirty-six of Whitman's great war poems, Lowenfels has created a thrilling and unique document. Sixteen pages of drawings by Winslow Homer, another distinguished eyewitness, are reproduced here from the artist's field sketches. The result is a book that produces in the reader exactly what Whitman had hoped, one that captures ”part of the actual distraction, heat, smoke, and excitement of those times.”

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From a mosiac of materials-newspaper dispatches, letters, notebooks, published and unpublished works-as well as 36 of Whitman's great war poems, Lowenfels has created a thrilling and unique document on the Civil War.

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In 1863 Walt Whitman first proposed to the publisher John Redpath a book about his Civil War experiences. It was never published. But in a draft prospectus Whitman described ”a new book . . . with its framework jotted down on the battlefield, in the shelter tent, by the wayside amid the rubble of passing artillery trains or the moving ...

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From a mosiac of materials-newspaper dispatches, letters, notebooks, published and unpublished works-as well as 36 of Whitman's great war poems, Lowenfels has created a thrilling and unique document on the Civil War.

Walt Whitman was born on Long Island and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a carpenter. He left school when he was 11 years old to take a variety of jobs. By the time he was 15, Whitman was living on his own in New York City, working as a printer and writing short pieces for newspapers. He spent a few years teaching, but most of...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.83 inPublished:March 22, 1989Publisher:Da Capo Books

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ISBN - 10:0306803550

ISBN - 13:9780306803550

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From a mosiac of materials-newspaper dispatches, letters, notebooks, published and unpublished works-as well as 36 of Whitman's great war poems, Lowenfels has created a thrilling and unique document on the Civil War.