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Poems by Walt Whitman
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Walt Whitman grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island. He trained as a printer starting at the age of twelve. He learned to love the written word and read all he could. In his late teens he became a teacher, then turned to journalism in his 20s, eventually moving to New Orleans as editor of a local newspaper. Having witnessed the cruelties of slavery in the South, he returned to Brooklyn as a confirmed abolitionist. Whitman self-published the first edition of what would come to be seen as his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, in 1855, revising it several times in subsequent years. During the Civil War, Walt Whitman worked as a reporter and aided the wounded in local hospitals. Whitman struggled financial for many years, but with the successful publication of the 1882 edition of Leaves of Grass he finally began to earn enough money to purchase a house and live comfortably through his final years.

Poems by Walt Whitman

Recommended Books: Walt Whitman

The Longing in Between: Sacred Poetry from Around the World (A Poetry Chaikhana Anthology) The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse Song of Myself Leaves of Grass Dead Poets Society (DVD)

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The Walt Whitman Archive

Every fan of Whitman should visit this site. Biography, images, manuscripts, even has images of Whitman's poems in his own handwriting.

Reminiscences of Walt Whitman by John Townsend Trowbridge

Originally published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1902, this article is a personal description of encounters with the "great grey poet."

Walt Whitman: Long Island's Great Grey Poet

A site that promotes Long Island (Whitman's birthplace), with nice photos and a virtual walking tour of the places associated with his family and youth.

Bartleby: Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass on line.
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