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Book Title: Masculine Beauty (Annotated): Walt Whitman's Poetry of Same-Sex Affection|
The author of the book: Walt Whitman
Edition: Watersgreen House
Date of issue: December 7th 2014
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* Contains only Whitman's poems exploring masculine beauty and/or same-sex affection.
* Contains an abridged introduction by John Burroughs showing historical context as well as a contemporary preface by Michael Wilson.
Sometimes gay readers and scholars have occasion to seek out the homoerotic passages of Whitman, whether to read for the pure pleasure of the experience or for scholarship. This need has been problematic in the past because Leaves of Grass is a huge volume to read through to find what one is seeking, shorter editions of “selected” Whitman poems are more apt to omit his homoerotic material than to include it (and certainly do not highlight it), and if one turns only to his “Calamus” section, his most homoerotic “chapter,” one misses out on a great deal more. This volume seeks to give readers and scholars a single source to consult when the aim is to read Whitman’s homoerotic verse.
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Read information about the authorWalter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.
Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War in addition to publishing his poetry. Early in his career, he also produced a temperance novel, Franklin Evans (1842).
After working as clerk, teacher, journalist and laborer, Whitman wrote his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, pioneering free verse poetry in a humanistic celebration of humanity, in 1855. Emerson, whom Whitman revered, said of Leaves of Grass that it held "incomparable things incomparably said." During the Civil War, Whitman worked as an army nurse, later writing Drum Taps (1865) and Memoranda During the War (1867). His health compromised by the experience, he was given work at the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. After a stroke in 1873, which left him partially paralyzed, Whitman lived his next 20 years with his brother, writing mainly prose, such as Democratic Vistas (1870). Leaves of Grass was published in nine editions, with Whitman elaborating on it in each successive edition. In 1881, the book had the compliment of being banned by the commonwealth of Massachusetts on charges of immorality. A good friend of Robert Ingersoll, Whitman was at most a Deist who scorned religion. D. 1892.