245 00|a Walt Whitman.

260 __|a Arlington, VA : |b PBS, |c 2008.

500 __|a Copyright permission expires 04/14/09.

500 __|a Title from web site description.

508 __|a Writer, director, Mark Zwonitzer.

511 0_|a Narrator, J.K. Simmons ; voice of Walt Whitman, Chris Cooper.

520 __|a On a hot summer day in 1855, a 36-year-old writer emerged from an undistinguished printer's shop in Brooklyn, New York, carrying a slim volume of his work. To family, friends and neighbors, Walter Whitman Jr. may have been just a too-old bachelor who lived in his parents' attic, but as he walked the city streets that day, he knew something of himself they could not imagine. With his book of a dozen poems, Leaves of Grass, he was about to introduce America to a savior. Ominous events were on the horizon, and Walt Whitman offered up his poetry and his persona as a reflection of the America he saw; it was daring, noble, naive, brutish, sexual, frightening and flawed. He hoped his work could heal a fracturing country. In his own time, his poetry was as contested as the idea of America itself. This program tells Whitman's life story, from his working-class childhood in Long Island to his years as a newspaper reporter in Brooklyn, when he struggled to support his impoverished family, then to his reckless pursuit of the attention and affection he craved for his work to his death in 1892 at the age of 72. 120 minutes.

521 __|a High school to adult.

546 __|a Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

600 10|a Whitman, Walt, |d 1819-1892

650 _0|a Poets, American |y 19th century |v Biography.

700 1_|a Zwonitzer, Mark

700 1_|a Simmons, J. K.

700 1_|a Cooper, Chris, |d 1951-

710 2_|a PBS

710 2_|a WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)

730 _0|a American Experience (Television program)

856 42|a http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/whitman/