Critical Companion to Walt Whitman: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work

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"This book is an essential reference to everything one needs to know about Walt Whitman and his work. This volume contains: a detailed discussion of Whitman's life; entries on all his published poems, works of fiction, and major essays; detailed analysis of all his most famous and important poems; biographical information on important figures in his life, including family and friends, influences, critics, and more; entries on important places, publications, historical events and figures, and other topics." Additional features include a chronology, bibliographies of primary and secondary sources, a list of publications Whitman wrote for, a glossary of terms unique to his poetry, a genealogy, and more.
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VOYA - Kim Zach
A wealth of useable information and an organized format clearly sets this volume apart from other literary reference books. It would be a first-rate addition to any school library. The book is divided into four sections. The first is an extensive biography of Whitman, followed by a second section comprising an alphabetical arrangement of all of Whitman's poems, essays, and short stories. Each entry contains original publication information, a summary of the piece, and analytical commentary. Entries range from a few lines for lesser-known works to several pages for more well-known poems, such as "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." The third section is an extensive compilation of poetic vocabulary, themes, places, newspapers and magazines, people, and historic events-all in some way connected to Walt Whitman's writings. Examples include Bronson Alcott, the Atlantic Monthly, free verse, the Fugitive Slave Act, and self-reliance. The final section contains a life chronology, a journalism chronology, a listing of publications in which Whitman's work appeared, places he lived by year and addresses, a glossary of terms used in his writings, the text of his will, and a Whitman family chart. This book is one of twelve titles in the Critical Companion series that focuses on writers, including Emily Dickinson, John Steinbeck, and William Shakespeare, who are often required reading for high school and college students. The formula of impeccable research (the author provides an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources) and readability make the book an essential guide to understanding Walt Whitman's influence.
Library Journal
There are poets who speak only to themselves, and then there are poets who also speak to the people. Walt Whitman was and remains the latter. He had a way with words that was at once timeless and ahead of his own time, confirmed by the fact that Leaves of Grass is as popular and revered as ever. But an entire reference book on Whitman? Why not? Browsing through this companion by Oliver (Ernest Hemingway A to Z), one quickly discovers that there is so much more to America's most celebrated poet than what we think we know.-Mirela Roncevic Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816057689
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Critical Companion Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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