Walt Whitman as Man, Poet, and Legend: With a Check List of Whitman Publications, 1945-1960

Walt Whitman as Man, Poet, and Legend: With a Check List of Whitman Publications, 1945-1960

Walt Whitman as Man, Poet, and Legend: With a Check List of Whitman Publications, 1945-1960

Walt Whitman as Man, Poet, and Legend: With a Check List of Whitman Publications, 1945-1960

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The first idea for this book was a collection of my Whitman studies tucked away in various scholarly and literary periodicals, where they are not inaccessible to the diligent searcher but nevertheless likely to be overlooked--such as "The 'Long Journey' Motif" essay. But once I started assembling the pieces, the experience that I have had so many times before began repeating itself: I never return to Whitman without an expansion of my angle of vision.

Some of the studies seemed too technical to interest anyone but the dedicated specialist; or the ideas and information had been amplified in subsequent publications. Thus I discarded my first scholarly publication on Whitman, a paper in the pre-World War II Revue Anglo-Américaine called Biblical Analogies for Walt Whitman's Prosody. (I still treasure the note of acceptance from the late Charles Cestre, who then edited the RA-A.) Pushed back into the file for similar reason was The Reception of Walt Whitman in Scandinavia, printed in The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (see Check List).

Then I began to feel the need for filling in gaps-- or, more accurately, for completing studies left unfinished. As a result this volume contains more unpublished than reprinted work. One essay, "Mutations in Whitman's Art," was written for and accepted by the late review called Noonday, but darkness eclipsed that estimable magazine before the essay could be printed.

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