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The better angel : Walt Whitman in the Civil War

Author: Roy Morris, Jr.
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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"Of the Civil War's many stories of heroism, few are so unlikely, or so moving, as that of Walt Whitman. For nearly three years, Whitman tended to legions of sick and wounded soldiers, immersing himself in the devastation of the war and recording his experience with an immediacy and compassion unequaled in wartime literature anywhere in the world." "In The Better Angel, acclaimed biographer Roy Morris, Jr. gives us  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy Morris, Jr.
ISBN: 0195124820 9780195124828
OCLC Number: 43207497
Description: ix, 270 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The Medicine of Daily Affection --
New York Stagnation --
A Sight in Camp --
The Great Army of the Sick --
The Real Precious & Royal Ones of This Land --
The Melancholy Tide --
Retrievements Out of the Night --
Lose Not My Sons.
Responsibility: Roy Morris, Jr.
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This biography recounts Walt Whitman's experiences of the American Civil War. For nearly three years, the erstwhile poet immersed himself in the devastation of the war, tending to thousands of  Read more...

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