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The Resource Walt Whitman's America : a cultural biography, David S. Reynolds

Walt Whitman's America : a cultural biography, David S. Reynolds

Label
Walt Whitman's America : a cultural biography
Title
Walt Whitman's America
Title remainder
a cultural biography
Statement of responsibility
David S. Reynolds
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Exploring the full range of writings by and about Whitman - not just his most famous work but also his earliest poems and stories, his conversations, letters, journals, newspaper writings, and daybooks - Reynolds gives us a full, rounded picture of the man, of his creative blending of disparate ideas and images, and his contradictory stances on race, class, and gender. Whitman's uniqueness is shown to spring primarily from his closeness to and absorption of his contemporary culture. We see how the social convulsions of Jacksonian America were mirrored in the tribulations of the poet's family, and how Whitman's private anguish, which can be felt in his early poems, was swept up in his growing alarm for a nation riven by sectional controversies, political corruption, and class division
  • Into the vacuum created by the social and political crises rushed Whitman's gargantuan poetic "I," gathering images from every facet of American life in a hopeful gesture of unity: the cocky defiance of the Bowery b'hoys, the rhythms and inflections of actors and orators, the bloodcurdling sensationalism of penny papers, the incandescent images of luminist painters, the zany visions of popular mystics. We see Whitman in a society rampant with illicit sexual activity, which it refused to acknowledge. We see him aligning his passion for young men with the psychological and behavioral customs of a century in which same-sex love was actually common
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Reynolds, David S.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Poets, American
  • United States
Label
Walt Whitman's America : a cultural biography, David S. Reynolds
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 591-638) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "Underneath all, nativity": literary genealogy, literary geography -- A Brooklyn boyhood: sights, surroundings, influences -- Dark passages: teaching and early authorship -- Mannahatta: the literary marketplace and urban reality -- "The United States need poets": the political and social crisis -- American performances: theater, oratory, music -- "Sex is the root of it all": eroticism and gender -- Earth, body, soul: science and religion -- Toward a popular aesthetic: the visual arts -- "I contain multitudes": the first edition of Leaves of Grass
  • "The murderous delays": in search of an audience -- Brotherly love, national war: into the 1860s -- "My book and the war are one": the Washington years -- Reconstructing a nation, reconstructing a poet: postbellum institutions -- The burden of atlas: the new America -- The pope of Mickle Street: the final years
Control code
30547827
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 671 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780394580234
Lccn
94012841
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1645128
Label
Walt Whitman's America : a cultural biography, David S. Reynolds
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 591-638) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "Underneath all, nativity": literary genealogy, literary geography -- A Brooklyn boyhood: sights, surroundings, influences -- Dark passages: teaching and early authorship -- Mannahatta: the literary marketplace and urban reality -- "The United States need poets": the political and social crisis -- American performances: theater, oratory, music -- "Sex is the root of it all": eroticism and gender -- Earth, body, soul: science and religion -- Toward a popular aesthetic: the visual arts -- "I contain multitudes": the first edition of Leaves of Grass
  • "The murderous delays": in search of an audience -- Brotherly love, national war: into the 1860s -- "My book and the war are one": the Washington years -- Reconstructing a nation, reconstructing a poet: postbellum institutions -- The burden of atlas: the new America -- The pope of Mickle Street: the final years
Control code
30547827
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 671 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780394580234
Lccn
94012841
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1645128

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