WALT WHITMAN IN MICKLE STREETby Elizabeth Leavitt Keller
This book has been written by the trained nurse, Elizabeth Leavitt Keller, who attended Walt Whitman during his last illness. She learnt much about his personality and home life, and much also about his unselfish
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This book has been written by the trained nurse, Elizabeth Leavitt Keller, who attended Walt Whitman during his last illness. She learnt much about his personality and home life, and much also about his unselfish friend and housekeeper, Mrs. Mary Davis. The desire to tell the truth about the whole case — so often misunderstood or distorted — grew stronger with the passing years, and finally Mrs. Keller entered an old ladies' home in her own city — Niagara Falls — where she would have leisure and freedom to carry out her design. Here the book was commenced and completed, and was published on the her eighty-second birthday, and within a few weeks of the day when the manuscript came into the hands of the publisher.
How many people have had their first book— and a masterpiece — published on their eighty-second birthday?
It is a remarkable book, by a remarkable woman, one of the most revealing books ever written, and a veritable human document. Mrs. Keller uses her pen as if she were twenty or thirty years younger. She has a natural gift of drawing living pictures. She conveys unpretentiously but unforgettably in her book the whole atmosphere of Walt Whitman's world, when it had been narrowed in one way to the little frame house in Mickle Street where he lived for seven strange years, and widened in another way with the rewards of international recognition and fame.
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