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Walt Whitman

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Sarah Shealer

on 21 October 2013

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Walt Whitman
Whitman's youth
-Was one of 9 children
-Lived in Brooklyn & Long Island in the 1820/1830s
-Worked as a printer in NYC until a fire in the printing district demolished the industry.
-After the fire, he was a teacher and a journalist.
-During Civil War, after his brother was injured, he was inspired to become a full time nurse.
-He was hired as a clerk, and when his boss found that he was the author of 'Leaves of Grass', he was fired because his writing was found ghastly.
-Contrary to many beliefs, he lived the majority of his life on the edge of falling into poverty.
The Power of the Written Word
-In his youth he traveled up and down the Mississippi River which reflects in some of his writing.
-Leaves of grass contained 5 volumes of poetry, the final edition published in 1892.
-10 of his volumes were stolen out of 24 that were donated
to the Library of Congress. (The donation consisted of expensive notebooks included essays on perception, & human senses, names & addresses of friends and drafts of civil war poems.) 6 notebooks are still missing.
-They were donated in 1920 by Thomas B. Harned.
Relationship with the 'Melting Pot'
-Quote about inequality suggests he didn't have much money
-Spent a lot of time traveling up and down the Mississippi River, his restless life was his free style
-Was fired from editor of The Eagle because Whitman was against slavery and his employer was not.
-'American Feuillage'
-'A Clear Midnight' was written in 1881 & 'A Starry Midnight' was painted in 1889

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