Walt Whitman

Quick Facts

Full NameWalter Whitman Jr.
Date of BirthMay 31, 1819
Place of BirthHuntington, New York, U.S.
Date of DeathMarch 26, 1892
Place of DeathCamden, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationPoet, essayist, journalist
Notable Works– Leaves of Grass (1855) – “O Captain! My Captain!” – “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”
Literary ContributionsConsidered one of the most influential poets in American literature; often called the father of free verse; incorporated transcendentalism and realism in his writings
ControversyHis poetry collection Leaves of Grass (1855) was controversial in his time for its overt sensuality, described by some as obscene
Childhood and Career– Born in Huntington, lived in Brooklyn – Left formal schooling at 11 to work – Worked as a journalist, teacher, and government clerk
Leaves of GrassHis major poetry collection, first published in 1855; financed with his own money; continued expanding and revising until his death
Civil War InvolvementWent to Washington, D.C., and worked in hospitals caring for the wounded; wrote poems on loss and healing; authored poems on Abraham Lincoln’s assassination
Later Life and DeathSuffered a stroke towards the end of his life; and moved to Camden, New Jersey, where his health declined further; the funeral was a public event
InfluenceStrong influence on poetry; considered essential to understanding America and its civilization

Walt Whitman Books

Book TitleYear
Leaves of Grass1855
Song of Myself1855
Poems of Walt Whitman
O Captain! My Captain!1865
I Hear America Singing1860
Poèmes de Walt Whitman1868
I Sing the Body Electric1855
Passage to India1871
Song of the Open Road1856
A Noiseless Patient Spider1868
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry1856
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
Beat! Beat! Drums!
Pioneers! O Pioneers!1865
Short Poems of Walt Whitman
The Wound Dresser1865
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d1865
Walt Whitman and the Civil War1933
Walt Whitman, Best Poems
Liście Traw1855
Prose-Specimen Days and Collect1882
One’s Self I Sing1867
Walt Whitmans Werk
Whitman and Dickinson
There Was a Child Went Forth1855
Democratic Vistas1871
The Open Road
The Complete Poems
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking1860
Live Oak, with Moss1860
The Works of Walt Whitman
The World Below the Brine
Life and Adventures of Jack Engle1852
Memoranda during the War1875
I Take to the Open Road
Franklin Evans1842
Prayer of Columbus
Leaves of Grass (v. 1-3)
Saudação a Walt Whitman
Poems about America
Complete Works1881
Sea Drift: For Baritone Solo, Mixed Chorus and Orch
One Hour to Madness and Joy
Manly Health and Training: To Teach the Science of
Patrolling Barnegat
Selected Poems1904
Whispers of Heavenly Death (Unabridged)
Dirge For Two Veterans1901
Song of Myself, Section 51 (Unabridged)

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