By Donald D. Kummings
A better half To Walt Whitman is an anthology of 35 unique essays written through top students, discussing the cultural and literary context of Whitman's vintage poetry and prose works. From the effect of nineteenth-century pop culture on Whitman and his literature, to the repercussions of the yank Civil struggle, to the original nuances of the first actual variation of "Leaves of Grass", A spouse To Walt Whitman is an erudite exploration of not just the works themselves and their mirrored image of Whitman's period, but additionally the dear insights they communicate to give and destiny generations. hugely recommended.
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Camden, 1873–84 In mourning, in poor health, and unable to work, Whitman moved to Camden, New Jersey to live with his brother George and George’s wife, Lou. After a succession of painful losses, he now found himself also separated from his beloved, Peter Doyle, who remained in Washington. From Camden, he wrote Doyle almost cheerful letters of consolation that talked of reunion but revealed real sorrow. Whitman never moved back to Washington, and the two gradually saw less of each other. He felt ‘‘very lonesome’’ (Corr, 2: 267).
Who knows but that I might do something very respectable? , 1: 21–2) By 1842 Whitman was in New York working as a printer in the pressroom of the New World and finding places to publish fiction, stories, and sketches. He came to a world and work of journalism that, except for the basic work of the compositor, was undergoing rapid and dramatic changes. By 1835 the introduction of the rotary steam press brought the capability of printing 3,000 copies in an hour. Benjamin Henry Day’s New York Sun reached a circulation of 20,000 copies per day by 1837 (Huntzicker 1999: 165–6).
In No. 7 (dated September 29, 1840) the ‘‘Schoolmaster’’ stated: I think that if I should make pretensions to be a philosopher, and should determine to edify the world with what would add to the number of those sage and ingenious theories, which do already so much abound, I would compose a wonderful and ponderous book. Therein should be treated on, the nature and peculiarities of men, the diversity of their characters, the means of improving their state, and the proper mode of governing nations .