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Author LinkGenoways, Ted.
Title LinkWalt Whitman and the Civil War : America’s poet during the lost years of 1860-1862 / Ted Genoways.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009.
Description vii, 210 p., [8] p. of plates :  ill. ;  24 cm.
Type of Material Book GV
Gen. Note "The Fletcher Jones Foundation humanities imprint"--Prelim. p.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-205) and index.
Contents 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.
Summary Shortly after the third edition ofLeaves of Grasswas 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and beautifully written book, Ted Genoways reconstructs those forgotten years--locating Whitman directly through unpublished letters and never-before-seen manuscripts, as well as mapping his associations through rare period newspapers and magazines in which he published.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 Warreveals 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.
Per.Sub. LinkWhitman, Walt, 1819-1892 -- Political and social views.
LinkWhitman, Walt, 1819-1892 -- Knowledge -- United States.
LinkWhitman, Walt.
Subject LinkPoets, American -- 19th century -- Biography.

System Number 000643134
ISBN Link9780520259065 (cloth : alk. paper)
Link0520259068 (cloth : alk. paper)

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