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American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates for National Poet

Edward Whitley


Walt Whitman has long been regarded as the quintessential American bard, the poet who best represents all that is distinctive about life in the United States. Whitman himself encouraged this view, but he was also quick to remind his readers that he was an unlikely candidate for the office of national poet, and that his working-class upbringing and radical take on human sexuality often put him at odds with American culture. While American literary history has tended to credit Whitman with having invented the persona of the national outsider as the national bard, this book recovers three of Whit ... More

Keywords: poets, sexuality, America, Walt Whitman, American bard, James M. Whitfield, Eliza R. Snow, John Rollin Ridge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834213
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807899427_whitley


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Edward Whitley, author

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