Walt Whitmans Native Representations by Ed FolsomWalt Whitmans Native Representations by Ed Folsom

Walt Whitmans Native Representations

byEd Folsom

Paperback | May 28, 1997

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Walt Whitman looked to many different areas of American culture to develop a distinctively American poetry. This book investigates four of the areas he found most fertile for his own poetic development: the evolution of American dictionaries, the growth of the national sport of baseball, the decimation of American Indians, and the development of American photography. From each of these cultural activities, Whitman absorbed key aesthetic lessons that helped him compose his poetry.
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...
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Title:Walt Whitmans Native RepresentationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:May 28, 1997Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521585724

ISBN - 13:9780521585729

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Table of Contents

Preface: Walt Whitman and ...; Acknowledgements; Introduction: 'Wording the future'; 1. Whitman and dictionaries; 2. Whitman and baseball; 3. Whitman and American Indians; 4. Whitman and photography; 5. Whitman and photographs of the self.

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Walt Whitman looked to many different areas of American culture to develop a distinctively American poetry. Scholar Ed Folsom investigates four of the areas Whitman found most fertile for his own poetic development the evolution of American dictionaries, the growth of the national sport of baseball, the decimation of American Indians, and the development of American photography. Illus

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