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By Donald D. Kummings

ISBN-10: 1405120932

ISBN-13: 9781405120937

A better half To Walt Whitman is an anthology of 35 unique essays written through prime students, discussing the cultural and literary context of Whitman's vintage poetry and prose works. From the impression of nineteenth-century pop culture on Whitman and his literature, to the repercussions of the yankee Civil warfare, to the original nuances of the first actual variation of "Leaves of Grass", A better half To Walt Whitman is an erudite exploration of not just the works themselves and their mirrored image of Whitman's period, but additionally the dear insights they impart to offer and destiny generations. hugely recommended.

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This two-volume complete works appeared in 1876. Expensively priced at 10 dollars a set, it still sold relatively well because of Whitman’s growing reputation and a perception that he was in financial need. Sales were brisk and provided some income to the poet. In September 1876, despite Whitman’s attempts to discourage her plans and matrimonial hopes, Anne Gilchrist and her children arrived in the United States. 2005 6:43am Whitman’s Life and Work, 1819–92 23 room. Although it became clear a marriage would not work, Whitman and the Gilchrists became close friends and remained so, even after the Gilchrists returned to England in 1879.

The rise of the national Whig Party after 1836 introduced new political dynamics at the national, state, and local levels, with prominent Whig leaders like Henry Clay and Daniel Webster emerging. In New York the Loco-Foco faction split off from the Democratic Party and broke ranks with the Tammany Hall Democrats. The Loco-Focos focused their opposition on the chartering of state banks and other forms of monopoly and privilege as well as calling for the legal protection of labor unions. By 1838 this faction had been taken back into the Democratic Party, but only after forcing changes in key issues.

It may well have been that the ‘‘Irish issue’’ and Whitman’s columns on it caused the paper’s owners, Anson Herrick and John F. Ropes, to terminate Whitman as editor (Bergman 1971a: 200), and it may be that Whitman’s sharp criticisms of Tammany Hall exercised too much freedom. However, it was also clear that Whitman had brought a certain dash and spirit to this penny daily with a circulation of 5,000, and that his articles connected the paper to the streets and the people with a sense of immediacy and a spirit of independent position.

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