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The Routledge Encyclopedia of Walt Whitman / Edition 1

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Walt Whitman / Edition 1


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The Routledge Encyclopedia of Walt Whitman presents a comprehensive resource complied by over 200 internationally recognized contributors, including such leading Whitman scholars as James E. Miller, Jr., Roger Asselineau, Betsy Erkkila, and Joel Myerson.

Now available for the first time in paperback, this volume comprises more than 750 entries arranged in convenient alphabetical format. Coverage includes:

  • biographical information: all names, dates, places, and events important to understanding Whitman's life and career
  • Whitman's works: essays on all eight editions of "Leaves of Grass," major poems and poem clusters, principal essays and prose works, as well as his more than two dozen short stories and the novel, Franklin Evans
  • prominent themes and concepts: essays on such major topics as democracy, slavery, the Civil War, immortality, sexuality, and the women's rights movement.
  • significant forms and techniques: such as prosody, symbolism, free verse, and humour
  • important trends and critical approaches in Whitman studies: including new historicist and cultural criticism, psychological explorations, and controversial issues of sexual identity
  • surveys of Whitman's international impact as well as an assessment of his literary legacy.

Useful for students, researchers, librarians, teachers, and Whitman devotees, this volume features extensive cross-references, numerous photographs of the poet, a chronology, a special appendix section tracking the poet's genealogy, and a thorough index. Each entry includes a bibliography for further study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815318767
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/01/1998
Series: Reference Library of the Humanities
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 896
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

J. R. LeMaster is Emeritas Professor of English at Baylor University.

Donald D. Kummings is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Table of Contents

Actors and Actresses American Character The Atlantic Monthly Boston, Massachusetts Willa Cather "Children of Adam" The Civil War "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" Democracy Democratic Vistas Education, Views on Evolution Freedom Human Body Internet, Whitman on the Labor and Laboring Classes Leaves of Grass Libraries (New York) Literature Motherhood Native Americans Nature "O Captain! My Captain!" Opera and Opera Singers Poetic Theory Religion St. Louis, Missouri Sentimentality Sex and Sexuality Short Fiction, Whitman's Slavery and Abolitionism "Song of Myself" The Soul Specimen Days Style and Technique(s) Temperance Movement Thoreau, Henry David Transcendentalism

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