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Genoways, Ted
Walt Whitman and the Civil War : America's poet during the lost years of 1860-1862 / Ted Genoways
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  PS3232 .G46 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 -- Political and social views
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 -- Knowledge -- United States
Subject(s) Poets, American -- 19th century -- Biography
Physical Description vii, 210 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Contents The red-hot fellows of those times -- The representative man of the north -- The volcanic upheaval of the nation -- War-suggesting trumpets, I heard you -- Dead and divine, and brother of all
Note "The Fletcher Jones Foundation humanities imprint"--Prelim. p
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-205) and index
Summary Shortly after the third edition of leaves of Grass was published, in 1860, Walt Whitman seemed to drop off the literary map, not to emerge again until his brother George was wounded at Fredericksburg two and a half years later. Past critics have tended to read this silence as evidence of Whitman's indifference to the Civil War during its critical early months. In this penetrating, original, and beautifully written book, Ted Genoways reconstructs those forgotten years--locating Whitman directly through unpublished letters and never-before-seen manuscripts, as well as mapping his associations through rare period newspapers and magazines in which he published. Genoways's account fills a major gap in Whitman's biography and debunks the myth that Whitman was unaffected by the country's march to war. Instead,Walt Whitman and the Civil War reveals the poet's active participation in the early Civil War period and elucidates his shock at the horrors of war months before his legendary journey to Fredericksburg, correcting in part the poet's famous assertion that the "real war will never get in the books

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