Walt Whitman and the Culture of American Celebrity

Walt Whitman and the Culture of American Celebrity

by David Haven Blake
     
 

What is the relationship between poetry and fame? What happens to a reader's experience when a poem invokes its author's popularity? Is there a meaningful connection between poetry and advertising, between the rhetoric of lyric and the rhetoric of hype? One of the first full-scale treatments of celebrity in nineteenth-century America, this book examines Walt Whitman's… See more details below

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What is the relationship between poetry and fame? What happens to a reader's experience when a poem invokes its author's popularity? Is there a meaningful connection between poetry and advertising, between the rhetoric of lyric and the rhetoric of hype? One of the first full-scale treatments of celebrity in nineteenth-century America, this book examines Walt Whitman's lifelong interest in fame and publicity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300110173
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................xi
List of Abbreviations....................xvii
Introduction: Frontispiece....................1
1: Celebrity....................21
2: Personality....................59
3: Publicity....................98
4: Intimacies....................138
5: Campaigns....................174
Notes....................217
Index....................241

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