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WHITMAN'S POETRY: LEAVES OF GRASS
Leaves of Grass is the title of the first book of poems published by Walt Whitman in 1855.

WHITMAN AND NEW YORK CITY
Walt Whitman drew poetic inspiration from New York City.

WHITMAN, EMERSON, AND 19TH CENTURY LITERARY AMERICA
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was renowned in his day as one of the pre-eminent thinkers, writers and lecturers in America.

WHITMAN AND RACE
Whitman's views on slavery and race were not much different than many Americans of his time.

WALT WHITMAN AND THE CIVIL WAR
Whitman was forty-two years old when the Civil War started.

WALT WHITMAN(1819-1892)
Walt Whitman was born in 1819 on Long Island, New York to Louisa and Walt Whitman, both from established local families.




Further Reading

The Walt Whitman Archive
Find all of Whitman's works here, as well as critical reviews, academic essays, all known photographs of the poet and a complete bibliography.

Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass
This online exhibit from the Library of Congress examines Whitman's life and work, presenting photos, manuscripts, diary pages and artifacts.

Poet at Work: Walt Whitman Notebooks 1850s-1860s
This Library of Congress exhibit features Whitman's original notebooks.

American Experience: The Time of the Lincolns
Explore the mid-nineteenth century: read arguments for and against slavery, map American economic growth, and learn about women's suffrage, the bloody Civil War, and the partisan politics that divided the nation in two.

The Favorite Poem Project
Watch videos of Americans reciting poems they love, including some of Whitman's work.

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Allen, Gay Wilson. A Reader's Guide to Whitman. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1970.

Allen, Gay Wilson and Ed Folsom, editors. Walt Whitman and the World. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1995.

Ceniza, Sherry. Walt Whitman and Nineteenth-Century Women Reformers. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998.

Epstein, Daniel Mark. Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington. New York: Ballantine, 2004.

Killingsworth, Jimmie. Whitman's Poetry of the Body. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.

Loving, Jerome. Walt Whitman: The Song of Himself. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Miller, Edwin Haviland. Selected Letters of Walt Whitman. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1990.

Morris, Roy, Jr. The Better Angel: Walt Whitman in the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Pannapacker, William. Revised Lives: Walt Whitman and Nineteenth-Century Authorship. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Price, Kenneth M. To Walt Whitman, America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Reynolds, David S. Walt Whitman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

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