By Ted Genoways
Greater than forty years after the inaugural volume's unique booklet, Ted Genoways brings students the newest quantity in Walt Whitman: The Correspondence. one of the greater than one hundred fifty letters gathered during this quantity are a number of correspondence bearing on Whitman's Civil struggle years, together with a letter sending John Hay, the non-public secretary to Abraham Lincoln, a manuscript replica of O Captain, My Captain! extra letters tackle quite a few facets of the creation of Leaves of Grass, the main impressive being an in depth correspondence surrounding the Deathbed version, accrued through Whitman's buddy Horace Traubel, and reproduced right here for the 1st time. most importantly, this quantity contains Whitman's early letters to Abraham Paul Leech, first released by way of Arthur Golden in American Literature in 1986. The revelations contained in those letters needs to be thought of one of the most crucial discoveries approximately Whitman's existence made over the last 1/2 the 20 th century.
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