A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman

A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman

by David S. Reynolds

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A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman by David S. Reynolds

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-class 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 called "the age transfigured," fully enmeshed in his times and addressing issues that are still vital today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199728084
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/13/2000
Series: Historical Guides to American Authors
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About 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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