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portrait of early American poet Walt Whitman [1819-92] with flowing white beard          short profile

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"Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow
in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." — Walt Whitman

"It is Whitman, our great poet and pragmatic philosopher, who advises [America] not to be curious about God but to affix our curiosity to our own lives
and the earth [that] we live on, and then perhaps as far as we can see into the universe with our telescopes." — E.L. Doctorow

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1855 July 4th: First edition of Walt Whitman's self-published "Leaves of Grass"; many revisions & additions until his death in 1892. --www.bartleby.com/142/

Walt Whitman entry at Wikipedia
listed #22 on The Atlantic Monthly's Top 100 Most Influential Figures in American History [Dec 2006]

Ed Folsom, a University of Iowa English professor and editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

Primary Works
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Portable Walt Whitman collection edited by Mark Van Doren  "The Portable Walt Whitman" [1945] Edited by Mark Van Doren
contains selections from "Leaves of Grass", "Democratic Vistas, and "Specimen Days"
Kindle Edition from Penguin Classics [2003 edition] for $14.99
Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [12/2003] for $18.11
Viking/Penguin 7¾x5¼ pb [6/77] out of print/50+ used
Viking mass pb [3/1945] out of print/used
Random House Value Publng 7½x4¼ hardcover [8/85] out of print/used
Walt Whitman Selected Poems book from Dover Thrift Editions  "Walt Whitman: Selected Poems" [1991]
24 best poems from "Leaves of Grass"
130-page Kindle Edition from Dover Publns [5/2012] for $1.99 {sic}
128-page Dover Thrift Editions 8½x5¼ pb [5/91] for $3.50 {sic}
Walt Whitman Poetry & Prose book from Library of America   Walt Whitman: Poetry and Prose [1996]
Edited by Justin Kaplan

Library of America College Editions 7¾x5 pb [5/96] for $17.05
includes "Leaves of Grass", 17 other poems, and 'his complete prose'
Walt Whitman: Selected Poems [2003] Edited by Harold Bloom
47 works by the "greatest of all American poets"

LoA/American Poets Project 7¾x5 hardcover [1/2003] for $20.00

"Franklin Evans" [1842]

"Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Auto-Biography"  2/2017
[serialized in 1852, rediscovered in 2016]
Life and Adventures of Jack Engle once-lost novel by Walt Whitman   long-lost early novel by Walt Whitman, Introduction by Zachary Turpin; original subtitle: "A Story of New York At The Present Time In Which The Reader Will Find Some Familiar Characters"
A short (36,000 words), rollicking story of orphanhood, avarice, and adventure with a villainous lawyer, virtuous Quakers, glad-handing politicians, and a sultry Spanish dancer
While searching the internet, University of Houston graduate student Turpin saw a small 1852 ad in the Sunday Dispatch newspaper (a three-penny weekly published in Manhattan) that promised a six-installment piece of fiction whose title matched notes by Whitman. After tracking down the only extant copies of the newspaper at the Library of Congress, his department head covered the $1,200 cost to get copies made • Feb 2017 article in the Houston Chronicle
Kindle Edition from Univ Iowa Press [2/2017] for $7.99
Univ Iowa Press 8x5 pb [2/2017] for $11.68
Univ Iowa Press 8x5 hardcover [2/2017] for $21.38

"Leaves of Grass" [1855, the first of seven/nine editions through 1891]

"Manly Health and Training" [1858, rediscovered in 2016] Turpin's name: Last spring, he unearthed a book-length newspaper series on fitness and healthy living that Whitman published under a pseudonym in 1858.

"Drum-Taps" [1865]

"Democratic Vistas" [1871]

"Memoranda During the War" [1876]

"Specimen Days" [1882]

Other  Works

Portable Western Reader stories edited by William Kittredge  "The Portable Western Reader" [1997] Edited by William Kittredge
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [7/97] for $14.40
over 70 Western tales, from authors Sherman Alexie, W.H. Auden, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Gretel Ehrlich, Louise Erdrich, Allen Ginsberg, John Graves, Catherine McClellan, Larry McMurtry, Czeslaw Milosz, Mari Sandoz, John Steinbeck, Walt Whitman, and many more

Stageplays,  Motion  Pictures  &  Other  Media
character of 'Walt Whitman' listing at IMDb

"Walt Whitman" silent short [1922] /tt0433161/

Orson Welles Reads From Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself (1953)  "Orson Welles Reads From America’s Greatest Poem,
Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself [1953]

vinyl record {album or 45rpm?} is scarce, not found on Amazon
listen to audio version [3:28] at YouTube

more Orson Welles [1915-85] at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

"Song of Myself" [1976] portrayed by Rip Torn /tt0258190/

"Beautiful Dreamers" [1990] portrayed by Rip Torn /tt0101413/

"The Famous Authors: Walt Whitman" DVD [2007] /B000P6R6L0/

"American Experience: Walt Whitman" [2008 TV episode] portrayed by Chris Cooper /tt1167322/

Works About Walt Whitman

"Walt Whitman" bio [1883] by Richard Maurice Bucke

An American Bible 1911 book edited by Alice Hubbard  "An American Bible: The Humor, Wit, Wisdom, Religion & Philosophy of Eight Great Americans" [1911] Edited by Alice Hubbard
chapters/topics are Introduction, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Elbert Hubbard, Robert G. Ingersoll, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, and Walt Whitman
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [1/2014] for 99¢ {sic}
Univ California Libraries {blue cover} 8x5 pb [1918 facsimile] for $25.64
Roycrofters 7¼x5 hardcover [1911] out of print/used

"Whitman" [1926] by Emory Holloway won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography

"Walt Whitman: A Life" [Simon and Schuster 1979] by Justin Kaplan ISBN 0671225421.

"Walt Whitman's America" [1995] by David S. Reynolds

Routledge Encyclopedia of Walt Whitman book edited by J.R. LeMaster & Donald Kummings  "The Routledge Encyclopedia of Walt Whitman" [1998]
Edited by J.R. LeMaster & Donald D. Kummings

Routledge 9¾x6¾ pb [3/2011] for $65.00
Routledge 10¼x7½ hardcover [8/98] for $210.00 {sic}
Aesthetics and Politics In Hawthorne, Whitman & Thoreau book by Peter J. Bellis  "Writing Revolution: Aesthetics and Politics In Hawthorne, Whitman, and Thoreau" [2003] by Peter J. Bellis
Univ GA Press 9x6 pb [4/2010] for $24.95
Univ GA Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [2/2003] out of print/used

see also Spirit of America Bookstore's Nathaniel Hawthorne [1804-64] Page
see also Spirit of America Bookstore's Henry David Thoreau [1817-62] Page

Outlaw Marriages / Same-Sex Couples book by Rodger Streitmatter  "Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples" [2012]
by Rodger Streitmatter

chapters/subjects include: Walt Whitman & Peter Doyle, 1865-92; Martha Carey Thomas & Mamie Gwinn, 1878-1904; Ned Warren & John Marshall, 1884-1927; Mary Rozet Smith & Jane Addams, 1891-1934; Bessie Marbury & Elsie de Wolfe, 1892-1933; J.C. Leyendecker & Charles Beach, 1901-51; Alice B. Toklas & Gertrude Stein, 1907-46; Janet Flanner & Solita Solano, 1919-75; Greta Garbo & Mercedes de Acosta, 1931-60; Aaron Copland & Victor Kraft, 1932-76; Frank Merlo & Tennessee Williams, 1948‑63; James Baldwin & Lucien Happersberger, 1949-87; Robert Rauschenberg & Jasper Johns, 1954-62; Ismail Merchant & James Ivory, 1961-2005; and Frances Clayton & Audre Lorde, 1968-88
Kindle Edition from Beacon Press [5/2012] for $15.99
Beacon Press pb [2/2013] for $14.36
Beacon Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [5/2012] for $26.95

Rebel Souls, Walt Whitman & America's First Bohemians book by Justin Martin  "Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians" [2014]
by Justin Martin

Kindle Edition from Da Capo Press [9/2014] for $15.39
Merloyd Lawrence/Da Capo Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2014] for $20.96

Transcendentalism entry at Wikipedia
"Transcendentalism was the New England movement of the 1830s and 1840s that brought together Romanticism in
literature and social reform in politics. Its partisans argued for the rights of women, the abolition of slavery, and, in some
cases, the socialization of labor and equal distribution of profits. They were America’s first avant-garde."

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