Journals Higher Education



Published: 07 January 2005

176 Pages | 12 halftones

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195170092

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Walt Whitman

David S. Reynolds

Lives and Legacies

In this brief biography, David S. Reynolds offers a wealth of insight into the life and work of Walt Whitman, examining the author through the lens of nineteenth-century America. Reynolds shows how Whitman responded to contemporary theater, music, painting, photography, science, religion, and sex. But perhaps nothing influenced Whitman more than the political events of his lifetime, as the struggle over slavery threatened to rip apart the national fabric. America, he believed, desperately needed a poet to hold together a society that was on the verge of unraveling. He created his powerful, all-absorbing poetic "I" to heal a fragmented nation that, he hoped, would find in his poetry new possibilities for inspiration and togetherness.


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