The greatest American poet is portrayed in this monumental biography as an essential American, not an isolated mystic but a man formed in large measure by his rapidly changing society. Drawing on his diligent research, and on his experience writing the monumental work Beneath the American Renaissance, noted scholar David S. Reynolds conclusively demonstrates the profound impact the popular culture of his day had on Whitman's awakening as an artist. This copious (nearly 700 page) volume tells the story of 19th-century America as well as the story of the Whitman himself. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Literary historian Reynolds's biography of Whitman examines the poet within the broader social and cultural context of 19th-century America.
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An extremely significant volume that places Whitman and his work in the midst of American social, cultural, and political history, revealing how he was shaped by figures and events... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Andrew Wainwright
Great book. Underrated. Really gives a sense of this country when WW was writing about it.Published 2 months ago by Big Papi
I originally ordered this book as a resource for a research paper, but found myself drawn into this fascinating insight into Whitman the man. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Barry R. Suttle
Excellent book covering in detail the socio-economic and political context in which Whitman lived and worked. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ellen
Walt Whitman wrote that a poet fails "if he does not flood himself with the immediate age as with vast oceanic tides * * * if he be not himself the age transfigured. Read morePublished 21 months ago by R. M. Peterson
Despite considerable redundancy and the tedious habit of informing the reader that certain aspects of Whitman's life and works
"have heretofore gone unnoticed by other... Read more
Although it was informational, the book was not at all interesting to read. This definitely could have been done in a more concise manner with less dragging.Published 22 months ago by April
This book covers one of our "founding" fathers. Yup, you heard me right. Walt Whitman is as essential to America as Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln or the Roosevelts. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Very thorough biography that refuses to give us a simple overall character of Whitman. Whitman was a complicated man, often living an ironically different life than the words he... Read morePublished on January 30, 2008 by Dark Romantic