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After reading Leaves of Grass, Robert Louis Stevenson called it "a book which tumbled the world upside clown for me." For many others, too, from Whitman's... > Lire la suite
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After reading Leaves of Grass, Robert Louis Stevenson called it "a book which tumbled the world upside clown for me." For many others, too, from Whitman's day to ours, this book has come as an epochal experience, as flushed with life and poetic quality now as then. Mark Van Doren's Portable Watt Whitman includes one hundred poems from Leaves of Grass, as well as two of Whitman's prose works in their entirety, Democratic Vistas and his wonderfully rambling reminiscences, Specimen Days. In addition, this volume contains a brief chronology and bibliographical checklist by Whitman biographer Gay Wilson Allen.
  • Date de parution : 01/01/1977
  • Editeur : Penguin Books
  • ISBN : 0-14-015078-1
  • EAN : 9780140150780
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 648 pages
  • Poids : 0.475 Kg
  • Dimensions : 13,0 cm × 19,7 cm × 3,2 cm

Biographie de Mark-Van Doren

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was born on Long Island and educated in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a printer's devil, journeyman compositor, and itinerant schoolteacher, edited the Long Islander, and in 1846 became editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, a position from which he was discharged for political reasons. After a period in New Orleans, considered seminal in shaping his philosophy, he returned to Brooklyn. Although he had earlier affected the mien of a dandy, he now dressed as a "rough", and became prominent among the bohemian element of New York. In 1855 he published Leaves of Grass, which he continued to revise and republish over his lifetime. The Civil War found him working as an unofficial nurse to Northern and Southern soldiers in army hospitals in Washington, D.C. After the war he became a clerk in the Indian Bureau of the Department of the Interior, from which he was shortly dismissed by the Secretary on the grounds that Leaves of Grass was an immoral book. During his last nineteen years he lived in Camden, New Jersey. Although not previously neglected, he was particularly in the public eye during these years, when such English writers as William Rossetti, Swinburne, L A. Symonds, and Robert Stevenson contended that Americans did not fully appreciate him. Among his works are Drum-Taps (1865), Democratic Vistas and Passage to India (1871), and Specimen Days (1882).

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