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Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

Nationality: AmericanPeriods:
              American: 1865-1900

poetry, Leaves of Grass

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Criticism about Walt Whitman

Foregrounds and Apprenticeships: Dickinson and Whitman
“The purpose of this site is to introduce students to the literary environment in which Whitman and Dickinson learned to write and to help students investigate the important exchanges that Whitman had with Emerson and Dickinson had with Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911), a Unitarian minister turned influential journalist and abolitionist. The site includes: a chronology of the early lives of both poets, the exchange between Whitman and Emerson, the exchange between Dickinson and Higginson , suggested topics for investigations, a bibliography of print and electronic resources “
Contains: Sketch, Timeline, Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography, Webliography
Author: Susan Belasco
From: The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture
Imprisonment and Captivity in Whitman and Dickinson During the Civil War . . . and After
This site looks at the history of captive soldiers in the Civil War, and analyzes how they might have affected Whitman and Dickinson.
Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography, Webliography, Timeline
Author: Kirsten Silva Gruesz
From: The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture
Whitman’s Memory
“Walt Whitman spent most of the Civil War aiding wounded soldiers in hospitals in and around Washington D.C. This site is designed to help students and scholars contemplate the relationship between war and memory by investigating ‘Whitman’s Memory’ — how Whitman struggled to memorialize common soldiers and how these efforts have shaped memories of him.”
Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography
Author: Kenneth M. Price
From: The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture
Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and the Civil War
The site is divided into three sections, one which “explores Whitman’s and Dickinson’s literary responses to the Fugitive Slave Law”, one which examines their use of images of an Ethiopian in their poems, and one which considers whether their war poetry was influenced by Mathew Brady’s photographs.
Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography
Author: Ed Folsom
From: The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture
This lengthy analysis of the author’s life and work includes sections on “Difficulties in Whitman�s Biography”, “Early Writings”, “Leaves of Grass (1855)”, “The Civil War”, “Later Friends”, and “Influence of Whitman.”
Contains: Extensive Bio, Criticism, Bibliography
Author: Emory Holloway
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XVI: American, Early National Literature: Part II, Later National Literature: Part I
Whitman, Dickinson, and the Elegy: Death and Dying During the Civil War
“This site offers an historical overview of the elegy as a poetic form from its early origins through the mid-nineteenth century ; a selection of the elegiac poetry and related prose of Whitman and Dickinson ; a selection of critical positions of literary scholars who have commented on Whitman’s and Dickinson’s use of the elegy ; suggested topics for investigations using the materials in the site and the Whitman and Dickinson archives ; a bibliography of print and electronic resources “
Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography, Webliography, Timeline
Author: Susan Belasco
From: The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture

Biographical sites about Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
Provides a brief biographical sketch of the poet, full text of several poems, and links to other web sites.
Contains: Sketch, Bibliography, Webliography, Pictures
Author: Academy of American Poets
The Walt Whitman Hypertext Archive
This is a great jumping off point for doing any kind of research on line for Walt Whitman. This site from the University of Virginia allows access to biographical information, scanned versions of some of Whitman’s works, and a bibliography.
Contains: Sketch, Pictures, Commentary, Works List, Bibliography
Keywords: Walt Whitman, biography, bibliography, research

Other sites about Walt Whitman

Poet at Work: Recovered Notebooks from the Thomas Biggs Harned Walt Whitman Collection
This Library of Congress site allows you to see photographs of the Walt Whitman notebook collection, read commentary about the notebooks, and learn more about the stolen and returned books.
Contains: Pictures, Commentary
Keywords: Walt Whitman, notebooks, writing, works

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Last Updated Apr 29, 2013