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March 26, 2014

Weighing Whitman

Walt Whitman    (1819 - 1892)

Walt Whitman
(1819 – 1892)

By Steve King.

On this day in 1892 Walt Whitman died. The high and controversial emotions which surrounded Whitman in life attended his death: in the same issue that carried his obituary, the New York Times declared that he could not be called “a great poet unless we deny poetry to be an art,” while one funeral speech declared that “He walked among men, among writers, among verbal varnishers and veneerers, among literary milliners and tailors, with the unconscious majesty of an antique god.”

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May 15, 2013

Whitman’s First Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman    (1819 - 1892)

Walt Whitman
(1819 – 1892)

On this day in 1855 Walt Whitman registered the title Leaves of Grass with the clerk of the United States District Court, New York; the first edition was published seven weeks later. Over the next thirty-six years Whitman would add many more poems and publish seven more editions, all in an effort to “Unscrew the locks from the doors! / Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!”

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November 3, 2012

Walt Whitman on Marriage

Walt Whitman

On this day in 1871 Walt Whitman declined an offer of marriage from Mrs. Anne Gilchrist, a literary critic who had heard “the voice of my mate” in Leaves of Grass. Whitman’s usual response to such offers was philosophical-“It’s better than getting medals from a king or pensions from Congress”-but the middle-aged Mrs. Gilchrist still felt “young enough to bear thee children, my darling,” and had threatened to move to America.

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October 7, 2011

9 Books That Began Life Self Published

By Amy Edelman

Indie (aka self) publishing is hardly a new phenomena. And contrary to some, it is not code word for “not good enough.” Want proof? Take a look at the nine titles featured in our slideshow. From modern blockbusters like “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and “Eragon” to acclaimed masterpieces from authors including Walt Whitman and Leo Tolstoy, indie is just another way to get your work in front of readers.

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