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Walt Whitman's America : a cultural biography

著者: David S Reynolds
出版商: New York : Knopf, 1995.
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Exploring the full range of writings by and about Whitman - not just his most famous work but also his earliest poems and stories, his conversations, letters, journals, newspaper writings, and daybooks - Reynolds gives us a full, rounded picture of the man, of his creative blending of disparate ideas and images, and his contradictory stances on race, class, and gender. Whitman's uniqueness is shown to spring
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类型/形式: Biography
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附加的形体格式: Online version:
Reynolds, David S., 1948-
Walt Whitman's America.
New York : Knopf, 1995
(OCoLC)622890373
提及的人: Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman
材料类型: 传记
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所有的著者/提供者: David S Reynolds
ISBN: 0394580230 9780394580234
OCLC号码: 30547827
奖励: Bancroft Prize, 1996.
描述: xii, 671 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
内容: "Underneath all, nativity": literary genealogy, literary geography --
A Brooklyn boyhood: sights, surroundings, influences --
Dark passages: teaching and early authorship --
Mannahatta: the literary marketplace and urban reality --
"The United States need poets": the political and social crisis --
American performances: theater, oratory, music --
"Sex is the root of it all": eroticism and gender --
Earth, body, soul: science and religion --
Toward a popular aesthetic: the visual arts --
"I contain multitudes": the first edition of Leaves of Grass --
"The murderous delays": in search of an audience --
Brotherly love, national war: into the 1860s --
"My book and the war are one": the Washington years --
Reconstructing a nation, reconstructing a poet: postbellum institutions --
The burden of atlas: the new America --
The pope of Mickle Street: the final years.
责任: David S. Reynolds.
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Exploring the full range of writings by and about Whitman - not just his most famous work but also his earliest poems and stories, his conversations, letters, journals, newspaper writings, and daybooks - Reynolds gives us a full, rounded picture of the man, of his creative blending of disparate ideas and images, and his contradictory stances on race, class, and gender. Whitman's uniqueness is shown to spring primarily from his closeness to and absorption of his contemporary culture. We see how the social convulsions of Jacksonian America were mirrored in the tribulations of the poet's family, and how Whitman's private anguish, which can be felt in his early poems, was swept up in his growing alarm for a nation riven by sectional controversies, political corruption, and class division.

Into the vacuum created by the social and political crises rushed Whitman's gargantuan poetic "I," gathering images from every facet of American life in a hopeful gesture of unity: the cocky defiance of the Bowery b'hoys, the rhythms and inflections of actors and orators, the bloodcurdling sensationalism of penny papers, the incandescent images of luminist painters, the zany visions of popular mystics. We see Whitman in a society rampant with illicit sexual activity, which it refused to acknowledge. We see him aligning his passion for young men with the psychological and behavioral customs of a century in which same-sex love was actually common.

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