With Walt Whitman in Camden, July 7, 1890-February 10, 1891

With Walt Whitman in Camden, July 7, 1890-February 10, 1891

by Horace Traubel
     
 

This is the seventh volume of the daily record, over the last four years of Walt Whitman’s life, of his conversations with his young friend and literary executor Horace Traubel.

Traubel managed Whitman’s literary and personal affairs and assisted him in the preparation for publication of the final (Deathbed) edition of Leaves of Grass. Each

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This is the seventh volume of the daily record, over the last four years of Walt Whitman’s life, of his conversations with his young friend and literary executor Horace Traubel.

Traubel managed Whitman’s literary and personal affairs and assisted him in the preparation for publication of the final (Deathbed) edition of Leaves of Grass. Each evening he wrote down a brief description of how Whitman appeared to him that day and then recorded all the snatches of conversation that he remembered.

The sheer consistency of Traubel’s effort is perhaps without precedent in all of literature. His narrative is not only a record of Whitman’s anecdotes and conversation on a wide variety of topics but also the opportunity to witness, as Traubel witnessed, a personal life. These entries offer a picture of Walt Whitman—with all his keen insights, day-to-day labors, and physical troubles—that is more complete and revealing than any of the numerous studies written on the man.

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In 1906 the first volume of this daily account of the last years of the poet's life was published under the direction of its author, Whitman's friend and literary executor Horace Traubel. As America passes the centennial of Whitman's death, the seventh volume has been transcribed from Traubel's nearly illegible handwriting and made available to readers outside of the few scholars who had access to the archival boxes at the Library of Congress where the notes have been stored. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809317578
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.50(d)

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