Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

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Vol. 35, No. 2, Fall

Following You: Second Person in Walt Whitman’s “as I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life”
Yes my brother I know,The rest might not, but I have treasur'd every note,For more than once dimly down to the beach gliding,Silent, avoiding the moonbeams, blending myself with the shadows,Recalling now the obscure shapes, the echoes, the sounds andsights...
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Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman
Karen Karbiener, ed. Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman. Illustrated by Kate Evans. Lake Forest, CA: MoonDance, 2017. 48 pp.The last quarter century has seen numerous illustrated Walt Whitman books for children, ranging from Robert Sabuda's folksy linocut...
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Whitman’s Late Lives
Throughout his life, Walt Whitman relished the mystery of "faint clews and indirections."1 He was intrigued by riddles and ciphers, hieroglyphs and cryptograms. All the more intriguing, then, to note the message divined through a frequency-based word...
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Song of Myself: With a Complete Commentary
Walt Whitman. Song of Myself: With a Complete Commentary. Introduction and Commentary by Ed Folsom and Christopher Merrill. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2016. 193 pp."Novel?-Work of some sort / Play? . . . Plotfor a poem or other work... A spiritual...
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In Memoriam: Charley Shively, 1937-2017
Charley Shively, known in Whitman Studies for his pioneering work on Whitman's relationships with young men, died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 6, 2017. Shively's two books on Whitman-Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working Class Camerados (1987)...
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Vol. 35, No. 1, Summer

A Translation of Whitman Discovered in the 1912 Spanish Periodical Prometeo
UNTIL NOW, the first substantial Spanish translation of Whitman was believed to be the 1912 Walt Whitman: Poemas, published in Valencia by the Uruguayan writer Armando Vasseur. But I have now discovered the publication of an earlier, fifteen-page Spanish...
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More Than One Hundred Additional Reprints of Walt Whitman’s Short Fiction in Periodicals
IN 2013, I DETAILED my discovery of 266 reprints of Walt Whitman's short stories in nineteenth and twentieth-century newspapers and magazines published in the United States and abroad.1 Here, I offer an addendum to that bibliography, and document 116...
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A Translation of Abdel-Muneim Ramadan’s “Walt Whitman’s Funeral,” and Some Notes on Whitman in the Arab World
We present here a translation into English of Egyptian poet AbdelMuneim Ramadan's (b. 1951) "Walt Whitman's Funeral" Janâzat Walt Witman], a remarkable 2012 poem that underscores the complex role that Whitman has played in the Arab world. As an aid to...
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Whitman's Metro-Poetic Lettrism: The Mannahatta Skyline as Sentence, Syntax, and Spell
I was asking for something specific and perfect for my city,Whereupon, lo! Up sprang the aboriginal name!I see that the word of my city is that word from of old,Because I see that word nested in nests of water-bays, superb,with tall and wonderful spires....-"Mannahatta"11In...
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Vol. 34, No. 3/4, 2017

Introduction to Walt Whitman's Life and Adventures of Jack Engle
Nothing is ever really lost, or can be lost.-"Continuities" (1888)In the autumn of 1850, a newspaper called The New-Yorker was set to debut in Manhattan.1 For "six and one-fourth cents per week" subscribers were offered the latest news, plus "a series...
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Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Auto-Biography; in Which the Reader Will Find Some Familiar Characters
A Story of New York at the Present TimeThis story will be completed in six numbers, or less. The Writer having placed the manuscript complete in our hands we shall give such quantities weekly as to enable the reader to see the end within that time.-EDS.PREFATORY.-Candidly...
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New on the Whitman Archive: Walt Whitman's Journalism
Why edit Whitman's journalism at all? This question is similar to one I am often asked as an historian with an interest in the poet: why Walt Whitman? I suspect literary critics are asked this question less often since Whitman's reputation in US literary...
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Editor's Note
Zachary Turpin, who made the remarkable discovery of Whitman's previously unknown 1858 newspaper series, Manly Health and Training (published in WWQR last spring), has done it again. He has uncovered a previously unknown Whitman novel, Jack Engle, published...
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Vol. 34, No. 2, 2016

Whitman and Mathematics: An Introduction
[T]he anatomist chemist astronomer geologist phrenologist spiritualist mathematician historian and lexicographer are not poets, but they are the lawgivers of poets and their construction underlies the structure of every perfect poem.-Whitman, Preface...
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Keeping Tally with Meaning: Reading Numerals in Walt Whitman's Manuscripts
ONE OF THE GREAT GIFTS of the digital age to literary research and pedagogy is access to images of writers' manuscripts. Of particular interest is a writer like Walt Whitman, whose work is out of copyright and whose manuscripts routinely attract literary...
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Counting from One to a Million: Whitman's Engagement with Large Numbers
This minute that comes to me over the past decillions,There is no better than it and now.-Whitman, "Song of Myself," Section 221I do not think seventy years is the time of a man or woman,Nor that seventy millions of years is the time of a man or woman,Nor...
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Incalculable, Unaccountable, Indivisible? Walt Whitman's Lessons in Arithmetic
I heartily advise you to peg away at the arithmetic-do something at it every day-arithmetic is the foundation of all such things-(just as a good stone wall is the foundation for a house)- become a good arithmetician first of all--Whitman to Pete Doyle1As...
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Practicing Infinity
In a brief essay on "Whitman and the Idea of Infinity," poet/critic James Longenbach triangulates Louise Glück, Emmanuel Levinas, and Walt Whitman in order to craft a definition of infinity in which the poet "must inhabit his desolation."1 Reading "As...
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Whitman in the Abstract
As a real-estate developer and contractor during the gestational years of Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman's livelihood depended on his ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Based on receipts collected by Charles Feinberg, it is clear that Whitman...
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Walt Whitman's Selected Journalism
Walt Whitman's Selected Journalism. Ed. Douglas A. Noverr and Jason Stacy. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2014. xxxvi + 281 pp.Looking back on the numerous editions of Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman exclaimed to his friend Horace Traubel in...
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Ashland, Alexander. "Toward a More Perfect Union: Whitman, Ekphrasis, and the Daguerreotype." In Sandra Lee Kleppe, ed., Ekphrasis in American Poetry: The Colonial Period to the 21st Century (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2015), 51-78....
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Vol. 34, No. 1, Summer

Editor's Note
Our previous issue-the third online-only issue of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review-was a testament to (and a test of) our new open-access platform. We published the complete text of Whitman's newly discovered Manly Health and Training along with an...
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"Nicaraguan Words": José Coronel, the Vanguardia, and Whitman's "Language Experiment"
IN A 1953 memoir, José Coronel Urtecho, the founder of the Nicaraguan avant-garde, recalls the shock of a US visitor who noticed a portrait of Walt Whitman in Coronel's isolated estate along the San Juan River, near the border of Costa Rica. Coronel...
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American "Apostroph": Walt Whitman's Apostrophic O
"It is unlikely that any modern poet has used the ancient trope of the apostrophe as often as Walt Whitman," writes David Baldwin in "Whitman's Use of the Apostrophe"-a scholarly note that traces Whitman's various uses of the apostrophe in the 1891-92...
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"Animal Magnetism": The "Cotemporary" Roots of Whitman's "Is Mesmerism True?"
Long before he published the first edition of Leaves of Grass in 1855, Walt Whitman was invested in mesmerism, which at that time was also known as "animal magnetism," a term coined by its founder Franz Anton Mesmer. Only six years after Charles Poyen,...
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Walt Whitman and British Socialism: "The Love of Comrades"
Kirsten Harris. Walt Whitman and British Socialism: "The Love of Comrades." New York: Routledge, 2016. ix + 219 pp.In the late 1880s, when he began visiting Walt Whitman daily and writing up their conversations, Horace Traubel also commenced a campaign...
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War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Renewal
Robert Schultz and Binh Danh. War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Renewal. Poetry and Visual Art Exhibition, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia. February 7-May 23, 2015; Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, August 21-October...
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Drum Taps: The Complete Civil War Poems/Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition
Walt Whitman. Drum Taps: The Complete Civil War Poems. Introduction by James McPherson. Kennebunkport, ME: Cider Mill Press, 2015. 213 pp.Walt Whitman. Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition, ed. Lawrence Kramer. New York: New York Review of Books, 2015....
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Bellis, Peter. "Reconciliation as Sequel and Supplement." Leviathan 17 (October 2015), 79-93. [Begins with the question, "Why does Drum-Taps require a sequel, and Battle-Pieces a supplement?," and goes on to note how Whitman and Herman Melville "could...
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Vol. 33, No. 3/4, Spring

Introduction to Walt Whitman's "Manly Health and Training"
NOTWITHSTANDING NEARLY EVERYTHING he ever said in poetry, Walt Whitman could be surprisingly anxious about his own disappearance. "Some day I'll die," he reminded his friend and literary executor Horace Traubel, "maybe surprise you all by a sudden disappearance:...
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Manly Health and Training, with Off-Hand Hints toward Their Conditions
TO YOU WHOSE eye is arrested by the above headlines, and whom we hope to make a companion to the end of our series-to every man, rich or poor, worker or idler-to all ages of life, from the beginning to the end of it-certainly nothing comes closer home,...
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Kinder Adams / Children of Adam
Whitman, Walt, Kinder Adams / Children of Adam, trans. Kai Grehn. Hamburg: Hörbuch Hamburg Verlag. Audiobook, 110 min on 2 CDs.Iggy Pop, Alva Noto, and Tarwater, Leaves of Grass. Berlin: Morr Music. Vinyl EP."[Whitman's] poetry is always about motion...
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Allott, Daniel. "Walt Whitman Built Free Verse and Freedom into His Poetry." Investor's Business Daily (March 21, 2016). [Offers a general overview of Whitman's career.]Bellis, Peter J. "Reconciliation as Sequel and Supplement: Drum-Taps and Battle-Pieces."...
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Vol. 33, No. 2, Fall

"It Might Be Us Speaking Instead of Him!": Individuality, Collaboration, and the Networked Forces Contributing to "Whitman"
HABITUALLY ENLISTING FRIENDS as he navigated the complex media landscape of his time, Walt Whitman was anything but the author as solitary genius. In the years since Gay Wilson Allen's biography The Solitary Singer and the steadfastly author-centered...
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Aberbach, David. National Poetry, Empires and War. New York: Routledge, 2015. [Chapter 9, "Walt Whitman, American Nationalism and the Revolutions of 1848-49" (203-225), explores what factors "caused Whitman to abandon the xenophobia of his age and, instead,...
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Containing Multitudes: Walt Whitman and the British Literary Tradition
Schmidgall, Gary. Containing Multitudes: Walt Whitman and the British Literary Tradition. New York: Oxford University Press. 386 pp.Gary Schmidgall's ambitious study provides the most thoroughgoing treatment yet of Walt Whitman's relationship to British...
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The Integrated Catalog of Walt Whitman's Literary Manuscripts
NEARLY TEN YEARS ago the Whitman Archive created the "Integrated Guide to Walt Whitman's Poetry Manuscripts," a resource that provided access to nearly all of these items, pulling together manuscripts spread across more than thirty repositories and offering...
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Unlikely Antiphony: Whitman's Call and Morrison's Response in "Song of Myself" and Song of Solomon
AT THE END of Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, in the aftermath of the hatred and violence that has felled Pilate, Milkman cradles his indomitable aunt's head as she makes a dying admission: "I wish I'd a knowed more people. I would of loved 'em all....
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Vol. 33, No. 1, 2015

Important Notice to Our Readers:
Welcome to the first open-access online issue of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. With this inaugural number in our new format, we take an exciting step toward realizing Whitman's dream of creating a truly democratic literature. For democratic literature...
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The Longest Day: Dino Campana and Walt Whitman across Italy and South America
ACCORDING TO ROGER ASSELINEAU, Dino Campana (1885-1932), author of the collection Canti Orfici [Orphic Songs] (1914),1 was the Italian poet most influenced by Walt Whitman.2 Yet, the connections between these poets have not been thoroughly explored nor...
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Reconstructing Whitman's Desk at the Brooklyn Daily Times
WHEN THE EDITOR of the Brooklyn Daily Times from 1885 to 1905 inherited what was known as "Walt Whitman's desk," his curiosity regarding the relic was piqued.1 Dissatisfied with the accounts of "survivors of an earlier day" who "knew about Whitman and...
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Ivo Andric's Response to Walt Whitman
AS WE APPROACH the 2019 bicentennial of Walt Whitman's birth, it is fitting to recall what Yugoslav writer Ivo Andric (1892-1975), the 1961 Nobel laureate in literature, wrote about Whitman almost a century ago, in 1919.1 He was at the time one of four...
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"Go to Pfaff's": The History of a Restaurant and Lager Beer Saloon
STEPHANIE BLALOCK,"Go to Pfaff's": The History of a Restaurant and Lager Beer Saloon.Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Press, 2014. Online at The Vault at Pfaff's (pfaffs.web.lehigh.edu). 100 pp.The past several years have seen a flourishing of interest...
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In Walt We Trust: How a Queer Socialist Poet Can Save America from Itself
JOHN MARSH, In Walt We Trust: How a Queer Socialist Poet Can Save America From Itself. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2015. 248 pp.In the late pages of In Walt We Trust-a lively and incisive appeal to revisit our national (queer and socialist!) poet...
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Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America's Great Poet
GARRETT PECK, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America's Great Poet. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2015. 192 pp.Walt Whitman in Washington, D. C. will appeal to readers curious to see Whitman's life overlaid with the evolving urban...
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Communities of Death: Whitman, Poe, and the American Culture of Mourning
ADAM C. BRADFORD, Communities of Death: Whitman, Poe, and the American Culture of Mourning. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2014. xiv + 248 pp.For those accustomed to the conventional literary wisdom that Walt Whitman's primary mentor was Ralph...
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Ambroggio, Luis Alberto; Christopher Merrill; and Sholeh Wolpé. ALOUD: "Song of Myself: Walt Whitman in Other Words." Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Public Library, June 30, 2015. [ALOUD Podcast recorded in Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium,...
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Guidelines for Contributors
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS OF STYLEEssays: Place the the author's name two inches below the title and the institutional affiliation at the end of the essay. (Note: this information will be excised for peer review by the editor.)Notes, Book Reviews, Bibliographies:...
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Vol. 32, No. 4, 2015

Important Notice to Subscribers:
We are pleased to announce that, beginning with the next issue of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review-the first number of volume 33-the journal becomes an open-access, online-only publication.With this final number of volume 32, then, the Walt Whitman...
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"Anything Honest to Sell Books": Walt Whitman and the Autograph Monster
Walt Whitman claimEd to have "no rigid rule" for dealing with autograph requests, but towards the end of his life he had become well known among contemporaries for his cautious approach to swarming signature seekers.1 During the mid-nineteenth centur...
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Previously Undocumented Art Criticism by Walt Whitman
Whitman's "Letters from a traveLLing BacheLor," written for the New York Sunday Dispatch (October 14, 1849, through January 6, 1850) are well known, as is his practice of contributing news about Brooklyn and Brooklyn artists to the Dispatch as well as...
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"A Modern Poet on the Scotch Bard": Walt Whitman's 1875 Essay on Robert Burns
In his 1996 essay "W hitman on Robert Burns: An Early Essay Recovered," Gary Scharnhorst draws attention to an early critical essay on Burns that had "hitherto been lost to scholarship."1 The essay to which he refers, titled "A Modern Poet on The Scotch...
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Aucoin, Matthew. Crossing. 2015. [Opera inspired by Whitman's Civil War diaries, with Whitman interacting with wounded soldiers as he listens to them share their feelings and memories; commissioned by the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) at Harvard...
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Guidelines for Contributors
General Considerations of styleEssays: Place the title two inches below the top of the page, the author's name two inches below the title, and the text two inches below the author's name. The affiliation of the contributor follows the essay.Notes, Book...
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Vol. 32, No. 1/2, Summer/Fall

The Afterlives of Specimens: Walt Whitman and the Army Medical Museum
IN DECEMBER 1862, the poet Walt Whitman and the surgeon John Brinton arrived separately at Falmouth, Virginia, in the aftermath of the Battle of Fredericksburg. Whitman had travelled from Brooklyn in search of his brother, George, who was listed as a...
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Walt Whitman's Vision of the Inferno, or Dante in Drum-Taps
(ProQuest: ... denotes "strike-through" in the original text omitted.)Mark, I say, his economy of words-perhaps no other writer ever equal to him.- One simple trail of idea, epical, makes the poem-all else resolutely ignored. ... This alone shows the...
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A Political Companion to Walt Whitman
John E. Seery, ed. A Political Companion to Walt Whitman. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2011. x + 373 pp.In a 1937 article entitled "Whitman-Nationalist or Proletarian?," Gay Wilson Allen argued that Whitman's real roots were not national...
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Whitman Noir: Black America and the Good Gray Poet
Ivy G. Wilson, ed. Whitman Noir: Black America and the Good Gray Poet. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2014. xx + 210 pp.Halfway through Ivy G. Wilson's Whitman Noir: Black America and the Good Gray Poet, Christopher Freeburg writes: "Whitman was...
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"Walter Dear": The Letters from Louisa Van Velsor Whitman to Her Son Walt
Wesley Raabe, ed. "walter dear": The Letters from Louisa Van Velsor Whitman to Her Son Walt. The Walt Whitman Archive, ed. Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price. whitmanarchive.org, 2014.The Walt Whitman Archive now offers the most comprehensive representation...
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Zoopoetics: Animals and the Making of Poetry
Aaron M. Moe, Zoopoetics: Animals and the Making of Poetry. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. x + 159 pp.The following Thoreauvian questions have been fundamental to literary ecocriticism: can humans speak for "Nature"? If so, who, and how? In his Zoopoetics:...
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Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art
Jacques Rancière. A isthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art. Translated by Zakir Paul. New York: Verso, 2013. 272 pp.Jacques Rancière's A isthesis (first published in French in 2011) is a provocative and fascinating rewriting of the history...
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Vol. 31, No. 2/3, Fall/Winter

Walt Whitman's "Who Was Swedenborg?"
(ProQuest: ... denotes "strike-through" in the original text omitted.)An article entitled "Who Was Swedenborg?" appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Times on June 15, 1858.1 Although no byline accompanies the text, substantial evidence points toward Walt Whitman...
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Victorian Sexual Politics and the Unsettling Case of George Eliot's Response to Walt Whitman
George Eliot and Walt Whitman, two of the most influential writers of the nineteenth century, are rarely discussed in relation to one another. They did not correspond, nor did either writer ever cross the Atlantic. There may have been several degrees...
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Another English Connection: John Cowper Powys, Walt Whitman, and Percy Ives
In the fall of 1880, Percy L. Ives, a newly enrolled art student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, paid a historic visit to Walt Whit- man in the home in Stevens Street, Camden, New Jersey, that Whit- man shared with his brother George. Ives...
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"Beyond Religions and Even beyond Mankind": Karl Shapiro's Jewish Walt Whitman
The Jewish-American poet most widely associated with Walt Whit- man is Allen Ginsberg. Ginsberg famously adopted Whitman into his Beat-generation poetry, with its countercultural agenda, flaunting of the body and sexuality, and style replete with long,...
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Acamovic, Bojana. "Whitman's 'Barbaric Yawp' Sounded in Serbian." Roc- znik Komparatystyczny / Comparative Yearbook 4 (2013), 313-319. [ Exam- ines the "significant differences" in four Serbian translations of Whitman's "barbaric yawp" line from Section...
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Vol. 31, No. 1, Summer

Toward Zoopoetics: Rethinking Whitman's "Original Energy"
I see in them [moose, cat, chickadee, prairie-dog...] and myself the same old law.-Leaves of Grass (1855)The underlying AssuMpTion deeply engrained within a culture that uses alphabetic systems is that letters do not relate to the material earth. They...
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Birdsong in Whitman: Listening to the Mockingbird in "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking"
In 1859, Whitman was recovering from two great personal losses. His favorite brother Thomas Jefferson Whitman (known as "Jeff") had married Martha E. Mitchell on February 23rd. He missed Jeff 's com- panionship terribly. "What seems clear is that the...
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With Walt Whitman in Camden, Durham, Leningrad, and Elsewhere
Camden, New Jersey, was a hell of a place for Walt Whitman to end up. Not too long ago, the city-broke for decades, with no tax base to speak of-fired its entire police force. Even in its heyday, perhaps when the Good Gray, crippled from his hospital...
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Whitman, Baudelaire, and the Hybrid City
Laure Katsaros. New York-Paris: Whitman, Baudelaire, and the Hybrid City. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012. 176pp.Connecting, comparing, and contrasting Whitman and Baudelaire is a frequent enough practice in Comparative Literature studies....
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Al Mamun, Hossain, and Rima Rani Debi. WaltWhitman and Kazi Nazrul Islam: Exposition of Poetic Commonness. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2013. [Examines Whitman in relation to Bangladesh poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), arguing...
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Vol. 30, No. 4, Spring

Walt Whitman's Early Fiction in Periodicals: Over 250 Newly Discovered Reprints
In an introductory note to Collect, Walt Whitman composed "a special word"-a disclaimer-about the short fiction he reprinted in "Pieces in Early Youth," stories that he had written approximately fifty years earlier, when, according to the poet, "I tried...
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Bibliography of Walt Whitman's Short Fiction in Periodicals
Introductory Notes:The following bibliography is not a complete listing of Walt Whitman's short fiction titles. I have included only the titles of those pieces for which there are newly discovered reprints and /or for which there is the potential for...
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Anderson, Siobhan. "ebb ocean of life, (the flow will return)." in mariana Barreto and Katie hartsock, eds., I Might Not Tell Everybody But I Will Tell You (evanston, il: transatlantic Whitman association, 2013), 15-16. ["a poem in the spirit of Walt...
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Vol. 30, No. 3, Winter

The "Labour Prophet"?: Representations of Walt Whitman in the British Nineteenth-Century Socialist Press
The s ignificance of Walt Whitman to British socialism has long been recognized: in the emerging fin de siècle labor movement, socialist peri- odicals printed articles about him and extracts from his poems; socialist orators spoke of him and quoted from...
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Walt Whitman Laughs: An Uncollected Piece of Prose Journalism
HuMor, pol itics, and a rt are the subjects of an uncollected piece of Walt Whitman's journalism published on October 17, 1872, in the Washington Evening Star. Portraying the poet laughing "enormously" at some comic sketches by the Republican political...
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Celebration and Confrontation: Yusef Komunyakaa in Conversation about Walt Whitman
Yusef KomunYaK a a is the author of fourteen volumes of poetry, in- cluding the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1994 collection Neon Vernacular. His many other honors include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and the Wallace Stevens...
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Alfrey, Shawn. Review of Matt Miller, Collage of Myself: Walt Whitman and the Making of Leaves of Grass. Double Room #9 (Winter 2013), www.double- roomjournal.com/issue_nine/Review_Miller.html.Barbian, Lenore, Paul S. Sledzik, and Jeffrey S. Reznick....
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Vol. 30, No. 2, Fall

"The Ever-Changing Nature of the Sea": Whitman's Absorption of Maximilian Schele De Vere
In recent yearS, Betty Barrett and Ted Genoways have discovered that Whitman lifted entire images and phrases from newspaper articles and rearranged them into some of his Civil War poems.1 This "found poetry" aspect of Whitman's poetry is not, however,...
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Whitman's Identity at War: Contexts and Reception of John Adams' the Wound-Dresser
"tHis is our American war-song, good not only for the battle-field, but for the labor-field-the present, still more than the past; for ours are not the 'piping times of peace;' our American life is on the march, filing through the passes of outgrown...
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The Rhyme of the Left Margin
My topic is the left margin, that space of reinauguration that has tra- ditionally been emphasized, perhaps almost by default, when a poet deliberately refrains from using traditional right margin resources such as rhyme or even meter which, though everywhere...
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A Previously Unrecorded Photograph of Whitman at His Mickle Street Home
On the Back Cover: A PREVIOUSLY UNR ECOR DED PHOTOGR APH OF WHITMAN AT HIS MICKLE STREET HOMEThe previously unrecorded photograph of Whitman sitting in his rocking chair in his Mickle Street home in Camden, New Jersey, was recently added to the Kendall...
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Walt Whitman's Songs of Male Intimacy and Love: "Live Oak, with Moss" and "Calamus."
Betsy erkkila, ed. Walt Whitman's Songs of Male Intimacy and Love: "Live Oak, with Moss" and "Calamus." Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011. xiii + 147 pp.In this provocative, timely, and useful book, Betsy Erkkila provides readers with the opportunity...
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Athenot, Eric. "Chant démocratique 14." Walt Whitman Archive, whitmanarchive.org, 2012. [First French translation of Whitman's "Chants Democratic 14" from the 1860 Leaves of Grass, the first version of the poem later titled "Poets to Come."]Athenot,...
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Vol. 30, No. 1, Summer

Walt Whitman in Canada: The Sexual Trinity of Horace Traubel and Frank and Mildred Bain
Introduction: City and Country ShrinesTwenT y-fiv e Mil es easT of kingston, ontario, a small island sits on the Canadian side of the St. lawrence river within view of Wellesley State Park on the american side (figure 1). Called Stanley island since...
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Two Previously Undocumented Reviews of Leaves of Grass
1. Leaves of Grass (1856): Universally admired by men whose authority is unquestionable"Pasted within one of walt whitman's scrapbooks, now preserved in the charles E. feinberg collection at the library of congress, are two 1856 reviews of Leaves of...
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Walt Whitman's Faces: A Typographic Reading
Ba rBar a Henry. Walt Whitman's Faces: A Typographic Reading. Jersey City: Harsimus Press, 2012. 35 pp.This beautiful book object is a playful, wise, illuminating printing and analysis of the Whitman poem most familiarly known as "Faces" (originally...
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Aji, Hélène. "Modernité et tradition: William Carlos Williams et Ezra Pound face à Whitman" ["Modernity and Tradition: William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound Confronting Whitman"]. Europe: revue littéraire mensuelle no. 990 (2011), 61-71. [Argues that...
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Vol. 29, No. 4, Spring

Robert Henri, Walt Whitman, and the American Artist
"I love Walt, and I follow everything that is written about him," painter Robert Henri exclaimed at his first meeting with anarchist Emma Goldman, herself an ardent consumer of Whitman's verse.1 A committed and highly respected teacher of some of the...
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The Korean Adam: Yi Hyoseok and Walt Whitman
Yi Hyoseok (1907-1942) was one of the major Korean writers of his time, producing over two hundred works of poetry and prose. His popularity continues to this day: his works, which are included in almost every Korean best-twenty list of the last fifty...
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Walt Whitman, Clarence Major, and Changing Thresholds of American Wonder
Although Walt Whitman never ventured further into the West than his 1879 trip to Colorado, his imagined Western landscapes play a central role in the distinctively American poetic voice that energizes the multiple editions of Leaves of Grass. Contemporary...
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Walt Whitman's Reconstruction: Poetry and Publishing between Memory and History
Martin T. Buinicki. Walt Whitman's Reconstruction: Poetry and Publishing between Memory and History. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011. xiv + 174 pp.In his poem "To a Historian," published in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass but titled so...
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
Athenot, Éric. "Licence poétique: de la Bible dans Leaves of Grass." In Éric Athenot and Arnaud Regnauld, eds., (R)apports textuels (Tours: Presses Universitaires François-Rabelais, 2007), 83-100. [Claims that, while the "Bible undoubtedly constitutes...
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In Memoriam: Robert K. Martin
Robert K. Martin, professor emeritus at the Université de Montréal and eminent Whitman scholar, died on February 19, 2012. Professor Martin's career as a scholar and a teacher in every way lived up to the highest standards of humanist research, pedagogy,...
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Vol. 29, No. 1, Summer

Whitman's Columbia: The Commemoration of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in "A Thought of Columbus"
From the moment the intent to host the World's Columbian exposition of 1893 was announced in 1890, the whole country was eagerly talking about it.1 The event was intended to reflect America's new-found promi- nence on the world stage by celebrating the...
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Reassessing Whitman's Hegelian Affinities
From the 1920s until the 1960s, as millie D. Jensen demonstrates in her 1964 essay, "Whitman and Hegel: The Curious Triplicate Process," the quiet controversy about when Whitman first became aware of the philosopher spurred some advances into the question...
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Collage of Myself: Walt Whitman and the Making of Leaves of Grass
Matt Miller. Collage of Myself: Walt Whitman and the Making of Leaves of Grass. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. xviii + 295 pp.One bemused visitor to Whitman's cluttered dingy den during his most fertile period remarked on a peculiar phenomenon....
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Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography
"Walt Whitman : A Current Bibliography," now covering work on Whitman from 1838 to the present, is available in a fully searchable format online atthe Walt Whitman Quarterly Review website (ir.uiowa.edu/wwqr/) and at the Walt Whitman Archive (whitmanarchive.org).Adams,...
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