Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography

Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography

by David S. Reynolds

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ISBN-13: 9780679767091
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1996
Edition description: Reprinted Edition
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 345,938
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of American Literature and American Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Born and raised in Rhode Island, he received his B.A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has previously taught at Rutgers University, New York University, Barnard College, and Northwestern University. He is the author of the monumental Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville, winner of the Christian Gauss award.  His other publications include Faith in Fiction: The Emergence of Religious Literature in America;George Lippard; and George Lippard, Prophet of Protest: Writintgs of an American Radical, 1822-1854 (edited anthology). He is the editor of George Lippard's novel The Quaker City; or, The Monks of Monk Hall and the author of numerous articles and reviews in the field of American literature and culture, including "Of Me I Sing: Whitman in His Time" (The New York Times Book Review).

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Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AustinRogers More than 1 year ago
Walt Witman's America is a good book with plenty of material. However I suggest instead of immediately going head first into the book you should already have knowledge or take time to learn about his poems and get a general background on him. Overall this is a nice biography on the famous poets rise to where he was then. -AR
jwhenderson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
David S. Reynolds excels in writing cultural biographies. I also enjoyed his biography of John Brown which covered some of the same era. From the early days in Brooklyn to the almost hagiographic vision of Lincoln late in Whitman's life Reynolds captures the growth and changes of the American poet. But he goes beyond the basic life of Whitman by integrating it with the broader culture and ideological movements of the era. The result is great biography and history all buttressed by the ideas that moved the nation in that era.