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Overview

Few authors are so well suited to historical study as Whitman, who is widely considered America's greatest poet. This Guide combines contemporary cultural studies and historical scholarship to illuminate Whitman's diverse Contexts. The essays explore dimensions of Whitman's dynamic relationship to working-crass politics, race and slavery, sexual mores, the visual arts, and the idea of democracy. The poet who emerges from this volume is no "solitary singer, " distanced from his culture, but what he himself carted "the age transfigured, " fully enmeshed in his times and addressing issues that are still vital today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195120820
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Historical Guides to American Authors Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Baruch College in New York. His publications include Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography (1995).

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations vii
Introduction 3
Walt Whitman, 1819-1892: A Brief Biography 15
Whitman in His Time
Lucifer and Ethiopia: Whitman, Race, and Poetics before the Civil War and After 45
The Political Roots of Leaves of Grass 97
Whitman and the Gay American Ethos 121
Whitman and the Visual Arts 153
Whitman the Democrat 205
Illustrated Chronology 235
Bibliographical Essay 251
Contributors 261
Index 265
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