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Worshipping Walt: The Whitman Disciples
     

Worshipping Walt: The Whitman Disciples

by Michael Robertson
 

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ISBN-10: 0691146314

ISBN-13: 9780691146317

Pub. Date: 03/14/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Long before Walt Whitman was established in the canon of American poetry, feminists, socialists, spiritual seekers, and supporters of same-sex passion saw him as an enlightened figure who fulfilled their religious, political, and erotic yearnings. Worshipping Walt is the first book to examine the Whitman disciples—the fascinating, eclectic group of nineteenth

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Long before Walt Whitman was established in the canon of American poetry, feminists, socialists, spiritual seekers, and supporters of same-sex passion saw him as an enlightened figure who fulfilled their religious, political, and erotic yearnings. Worshipping Walt is the first book to examine the Whitman disciples—the fascinating, eclectic group of nineteenth-century men and women who regarded Walt Whitman not simply as a poet but as a religious prophet.

To his disciples Whitman was variously an ideal husband, radical lover, socialist icon, or bohemian saint. In this transatlantic group biography, Michael Robertson explores the highly charged connections between Whitman and his followers, including Canadian psychiatrist R. M. Bucke, American nature writer John Burroughs, British activist Edward Carpenter, and the notorious Oscar Wilde. Painting a colorful portrait of an era of intense religious, political, and sexual passions, Robertson sheds new light on why Whitman's work continues to appeal to so many.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691146317
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/14/2010
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Walt Whitman and His Principal Disciples xi
Introduction 1
Chapter One: William O'Connor and John Burroughs: Reading Whitman's New Bible 14
Chapter Two: Anne Gilchrist: Infatuation and Discipleship 51
Chapter Three: R. M. Bucke: Whitman and Cosmic Consciousness 97
Chapter Four: John Addington Symonds, Edward Carpenter, Oscar Wilde: Whitman and Same-Sex Passion 139
Chapter Five: J. W. Wallace and the Eagle Street College: "Blazing More Fervidly Than Any" 198
Chapter Six: Horace Traubel and the Walt Whitman Fellowship: The Gospel according to Horace 232
Afterword 277
Notes 297
Index 337

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