A Whitman Chronology

A Whitman Chronology

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All Whitman scholars have encountered the frustration of trying to track down an event in Whitman's lifeOCothe last time he saw Peter Doyle, when he moved to his own home on Mickle Street in Camden, when he met Oscar Wilde. The records of these events in Whitman's long life are buried in seven volumes of his abundant correspondence, in nine volumes of his conversations with Horace Traubel, in nine volumes of his notebooks and manuscripts, and in countless writings produced by his friends and admirers. To fulfill a long-felt need for order among this embarrassment of riches, Joann Krieg has crafted this detailed chronology of Whitman's life."A Whitman Chronology"aclarifies the facts of Whitman's life by offering a year-by-year and, where possible, day-by-day account of his private and public life. Where conflicting interpretations exist, Krieg recognizes them and cites the differences; she also directs readers to fuller descriptions of noteworthy events. She offers brief synopses of Whitman's fiction and of his major prose works, giving distinguishing information about each of the six editions ofa"Leaves of Grass."aBy intertwining the events of his life and workOCobut without cumbersome layers of speculationOCoshe reveals the close alliance between Whitman's personal involvements and his literary achievements."
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  • Electronic book text | 232 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa City, United States
  • English
  • 1587292882
  • 9781587292880

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In this compendium, Krieg (Hofstra Univ.), editor of "Walt Whitman: Here and Now" (1985), captures the 'sprawling' information on Whitman's private and public life. She subdues this sprawl in a rational, well-organized guide for the scholar and general reader that offers a calendar of selected, pertinent events; points out areas of major critical and scholarly disagreement; and refers the reader to sources for further study. Thumbnail notes open each of the eight chronologically arranged sections. Terse quotes from Whitman's work hallmark each section. A list of significant dates, biographical notes on significant persons, and the requisite works cited and index provide strong support for the text. Although Krieg strove for balance in selecting from the daunting amount of information on Whitman, the chronology in the final analysis is a subjective rendering. Nevertheless, it remains a good, practical guide to the life and works of one of literature's most complicated artists. Every Whitman scholar will want this work, and it will be useful for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students."--"Choice"
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