Walt Whitman

A Companion

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About the Book

Over a span of several decades, Walt Whitman created, in various editions of Leaves of Grass, what is arguably the most influential book of poems to have been published anywhere in the past 200 years. Whitman absorbed the world, transmuting it into poems that address a spectrum of topics of enduring human interest—from democracy and religion to sexuality, gender, class, and identity. In his exuberant persona, he incarnated his epoch and times at the same time as he invoked “you”— readers and “poets to come”—to join him as co-creators of what he called a “poetry of the future.”

The first A to Z Whitman reference to incorporate 21st century scholarship, this work is ideal for contemporary readers who want a concise but comprehensive introduction to Whitman’s major poems and prose and to the people, places, and topics that were central to the poet’s life. Each of the book’s 142 subject entries is followed by cross-references to related entries and suggestions for further reading. Also included are an introduction, a brief biography, a chronology of Whitman’s life and major works, and a bibliography of some 300 primary and secondary sources on this most timeless and contemporary of poets.

About the Author(s)

John Schwiebert is the author of four books and many articles on literature and literature for composition. He is a professor of English at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he has taught classes in Whitman, American literature, and writing for over thirty years.

Laurence W. Mazzeno, president emeritus of Alvernia University, Reading, Pennsylvania, is the author or editor of 20+ books and more than 300 articles and reviews on literature and history. He lives in Arvada, Colorado.

Sue Norton, a lecturer of English at the Technological University Dublin since 1999, previously taught in University College Dublin, University College Cork and New Jersey City University.

Bibliographic Details

John E. Schwiebert. Series Editor Laurence W. Mazzeno; Associate Editor Sue Norton
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7658-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4609-1
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Companions to 19th Century Literature