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First published in 1871, ¿Democratic Vistas¿ is an early classic work of comparative politics and letters by American author Walt Whitman (1819 ¿ 1892). Whitman was an American essayist, poet, and journalist who was pivotal to the transition from transcendentalism to realism. His work was notably divisive and claimed by many to be obscene when first published, but he is now considered to be one of the most influential people in the American poetic canon and the ¿father of free verse¿. Contents include: ¿A Visit to Walt Whitman in 1877¿, ¿Walt Whitman in 1884¿, ¿Notes and Appreciations¿,…mehr

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First published in 1871, ¿Democratic Vistas¿ is an early classic work of comparative politics and letters by American author Walt Whitman (1819 ¿ 1892). Whitman was an American essayist, poet, and journalist who was pivotal to the transition from transcendentalism to realism. His work was notably divisive and claimed by many to be obscene when first published, but he is now considered to be one of the most influential people in the American poetic canon and the ¿father of free verse¿. Contents include: ¿A Visit to Walt Whitman in 1877¿, ¿Walt Whitman in 1884¿, ¿Notes and Appreciations¿, ¿Whitman as a Prophet¿, ¿The Poetic Form of 'Leaves of Grass¿, ¿Walt Whitman's Children¿, ¿Whitman and Emerson¿, etc. Other notable works by this author include: ¿Franklin Evans¿ (1842), ¿Life and Adventures of Jack Engle¿ (1852), and ¿Leaves of Grass¿ (1855). Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
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Walt Whitman was an American poet, journalist, and essayist, born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, New York. He is best known for his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which he published in 1855. This collection is considered a masterpiece of American literature and is known for its bold, free verse style and celebration of nature, democracy, and the common man.Whitman grew up in a large family and had limited formal education, but he was an avid reader and taught himself a variety of skills, including typesetting and printing. He began his career as a journalist and worked for a number of newspapers throughout his life. During the Civil War, he volunteered as a nurse and saw firsthand the suffering of soldiers. This experience influenced his later writing, and he became known for his compassionate and empathetic portrayal of humanity in his work.In addition to his work as a writer, Walt Whitman was also a social and political activist. He was an advocate for women's rights, abolitionism, and the rights of workers. His writing often addressed these issues directly and he was known for his progressive views. Whitman believed in the power of literature to effect social change and he used his writing to promote the idea of a more democratic and egalitarian society. His poetry and essays continue to inspire and influence readers today, making him an enduring figure in American literary and cultural history.Whitman's writing was often controversial in his time, but it has had a lasting impact on American literature and culture. His work influenced many writers, including Langston Hughes and Allen Ginsberg, and his celebration of the individual and the natural world continue to resonate with readers today. Whitman died on March 26, 1892, in Camden, New Jersey, but his legacy as a pioneering figure in American literature endures.