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Companion to Walt Whitman

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ISBN-10: 1405120932

ISBN-13: 9781405120937

Edition: 2nd 2006

Authors: Donald D. Kummings, Gregory Eiselsein, Donald D. Kummings

List price: $295.95
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Comprising more than 30 substantial essays written by leading scholars, this companion constitutes an exceptionally broad-ranging and in-depth guide to one of America's greatest poets. Timed to contribute to the year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the original publication of Whitman's masterpiece, Leaves of Grass (First Edition, 1855). Makes the best and most up-to-date thinking on Whitman available to students. Designed to make readers more aware of the social and cultural contexts of Whitman's work, and of the experimental nature of his writing. Includes contributions devoted to specific poetry and prose works, a compact biography of the poet, and a bibliography.
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Book details

List price: $295.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/24/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 624
Size: 7.10" wide x 10.00" long x 1.52" tall
Weight: 2.684

Donald D. Kummings is a Professor of English at the Parkside Campus of the University of Wisconsin. His books on Whitman include Walt Whitman, 1940-1975: A Reference Guide (1982), Approaches to Teaching Whitman's 'Leaves of Grass' (1990) and with J.R. LeMaster Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia (1998). In 1990, his collection of poems, The Open Road Trip was awarded the Posner Poetry Prize by the Council for Wisconsin Writers. In 1997, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him Wisconsin Professor of the Year.

Notes on Contributors
List of Illustrations
Abbreviations of Standard Whitman Works
The Life
Whitman's Life and Work, 1819-92
The Cultural Context
The City
Labor and Laborers
Slavery and Race
Nation and Identity
A Theory of Organic Democracy
Religion and the Poet-Prophet
Science and Pseudoscience
Nineteenth-century Popular Culture
Opera and Other Kinds of Music
Nineteenth-century Visual Culture
Civil War
Death and the Afterlife
Twentieth-century Mass Media Appearances
The Literary Context
Literary Contemporaries
The Publishing History of Leaves of Grass
The Poet's Reception and Legacy
Works of Poetry
The First (1855) Edition of Leaves of Grass
"Song of Myself"
"Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"
"Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking"
"Live Oak, with Moss," "Calamus," and "Children of Adam"
Civil War Poems in "Drum-Taps" and "Memories of President Lincoln"
Prose Works
Democratic Vistas
Specimen Days
The Prose Writings: Selected Secondary Sources