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Walt Whitman

Poet (31-May-1819 — 26-Mar-1892)


Newton Arvin. Whitman. New York: Macmillan Co.. 1938. 320pp.

Roger Asselineau. L'evolution de Walt Whitman, apres la premiere editon des feuilles. Paris, France: Didier. 1954. 567pp.

Mark Bauerlein. Whitman and the American Idiom. Louisiana State University Press. 1991. 171pp.

Peter J. Bellis. Writing Revolution: Aesthetics and Politics in Hawthorne, Whitman, and Thoreau. University of Georgia Press. 2003. 221pp.

Joan D. Berbrich. Three Voices from Paumanok: The Influence of Long Island on James Fenimore Cooper, William Cullen Bryant and Walt Whitman. Port Washington, NY: I. J. Friedman. 1969. 225pp.

Arthur E. Briggs. Walt Whitman: Thinker & Artist. New York Philosophical Library. 1952. 506pp.

Maurice Bucke (editor). Calamus: A Series of Letters Written During the Years 1868-1880 By Walt Whitman to a Young Friend. Boston: Laurens Maynard. 1897. The "Young Friend" is Peter Doyle.

Maurice Bucke. Walt Whitman. Philadelphia: David McKay. 1883. 236pp.

John Burroughs. Notes on Walt Whitman, as Poet and Person. New York: American News Co.. 1867. 108pp.

Henry Seidel Canby. Walt Whitman: An American. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1943. 381pp.

Jean Catel. Walt Whitman: La naissance du počte. Paris: Rieder. 1929. 483pp. Language: French.

Graham Clarke (editor). Walt Whitman: Critical Assessments. Robertsbridge: Helm Information. 1995. (4 vols.) 386pp. + 451pp. + 299pp. + 899pp.

Thomas Donaldson. Walt Whitman: The Man. New York: Frances P. Harper. 1896. 91pp.

Daniel Mark Epstein. Lincoln and Whitman: Parallels Lives in Civil War Washington. New York: Ballantine Books. 2004. 380pp.

Betsy Erkkila. Whitman the Political Poet. Oxford University Press. 1989. 364pp.

Ed Folsom. Whitman East and West: New Contexts for Reading Walt Whitman. University of Iowa Press. 2002.

Ed Folsom; Kenneth M. Price. Re-Scripting Walt Whitman: An Introduction to His Life and Work. Blackwell Publishers. 2005. 156pp.

Brent Gibson. An Annotated Walt Whitman Bibliography, 1976-1985. Edwin Mellen Press. 2001. 325pp.

Ezra Greenspan. Walt Whitman and the American Reader. Cambridge University Press. 1990. 281pp.

Ezra Greenspan (editor). The Cambridge Companion to Walt Whitman. Cambridge University Press. 1995. 234pp.

Jay Grossman. Reconstituting the American Renaissance: Emerson, Whitman, and the Politics of Representation. Duke University Press. 2003. 273pp.

Justin Kaplan. Walt Whitman: A Life. New York: Simon & Shuster. 1980. 432pp.

William Sloane Kennedy. Reminiscences of Walt Whitman with Extracts from His Letters and Remarks on His Writings. Paisley and London: Alexander Gardner. 1896.

Lawrence Kramer. Walt Whitman and Modern Music: War, Desire and the Trials of Nationhood. Taylor & Francis. 2000.

Joann P. Krieg (editor). Walt Whitman: Here and Now. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1985.

David Kuebrick. Minor Prophecy: Walt Whitman's New American Religion. Indiana University Press. 2001.

Donald D. Kummings. A Companion to Walt Whitman. Blackwell Publishing. 2006. 624pp. Contains 35 essays.

Henry Eduard Legler. Walt Whitman: Yesterday & Today. Chicago: Brothers of the Book. 1916. 72pp. By the librarian, Chicago Public Library.

J. R. LeMaster. Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia. Garland. 1998. 847pp.

Luke Mancuso. The Strange Sad War Revolving: Walt Whitman, Reconstruction, and the Emergence of Black Citizenship, 1865-1876. Boydell & Brewer. 1997.

Doug Martin. Study of Walt Whitman's Mimetic Prosody: Free-Bound and Full Circle. Edwin Mellen Press. 2004.

Justin Martin. Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. 2014. 352pp.

Mila Tupper Maynard. Walt Whitman: The Poet of the Wider Selfhood. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company. 1903. 145pp.

Krystyna Mazur. Poetry and Repetition: Walt Whitman, Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery. Taylor & Francis/Routledge. 2005. 180pp.

Edwin Haviland Miller (editor). The Correspondence of Walt Whitman. New York University Press. 1961-77. (6 vols.)

Roy Morris, Jr.. The Better Angel: Walt Whitman in the Civil War. Oxford University Press. 2000. 270pp.

Joel Myerson. Walt Whitman: A Descriptive Bibliography. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1993. 1097pp.

Kenneth M. Price; M. Thomas Inge (editors). Walt Whitman: The Contemporary Reviews. Cambridge University Press. 1996. 382pp.

David S. Reynolds. Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography. Alfred A. Knopf. 1995. 671pp.

David S. Reynolds (editor). A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman. Oxford University Press. 2000. 280pp.

Cameron Rogers. The Magnificent Idler: The Story of Walt Whitman. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page and Company. 1926.

Gary Schmidgall. Walt Whitman: A Gay Life. Dutton. 1997. 428pp.

Frank Shay. The Bibliography of Walt Whitman. New York: Friedman's. 1920. 46pp.

John Addington Symonds. Walt Whitman. London: John C. Nimmo. 1893. 160pp.

Horace Traubel (editor). Camden's Compliment to Walt Whitman, May 31, 1889: Notes, Addresses, Letters, Telegrams. Philadelphia: David McKay. 1889.

Horace Traubel. With Walt Whitman in Camden. 1906-14. (3 vols.) First editions of the three volumes appear to be: (I) Boston: Small, Maynard and Co., 1906; (II) New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908; (III) New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1914.

Keith Van Comer. Strange Meetings: Walt Whitman, Wilfred Owen and Poetry of War. Lund University Press. 1996. 205pp.

Helen Vendler. Poets Thinking: Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats. Harvard University Press. 2004. 176pp.

Allen Gay Wilson. The Solitary Singer: A Critical Biography of Walt Whitman. University of Chicago Press. 1985. 620pp.

Frances Winwar. American Giant: Walt Whitman and His Times. New York: Harper and Brothers. 1941. 341pp.


  1. Walt Whitman Papers in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection
    Library of Congress


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  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  6. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers

  7. Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition

  8. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.1215)

  9. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1554)

  10. Webster's American Biographies (p.1129)

  11. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.252)

  12. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.821)

  13. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature (p.404)

  14. American Authors 1600-1900 (pp.807-10)

  15. Who's Who in Lesbian & Gay Writing (p.210)

  16. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.1112)

  17. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.792)

  18. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.514)

  19. Concise Biographical Dictionary of Famous Men and Women (p.728)

  20. Concise Dictionary of American Biography (pp.1194-96)

  21. Encyclopedia of Concert Music (p.547)

  22. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.16)

  23. Makers of 19th Century Culture: 1800-1914 (p.483)

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