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Title:
Walt Whitman : an encyclopedia
Author:
LeMaster, J. R., 1934-
Publication Information:
New York : Garland Pub., 1998.
Physical Description:
xxxiii, 847 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780815318767
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Walt Whitmanpresents a comprehensive resource complied by over 200 internationally recognized contributors, including such leading Whitman scholars as James E. Miller, Jr., Roger Asselineau, Betsy Erkkila, and Joel Myerson.

Now available for the first time in paperback, this volume comprises more than 750 entries arranged in convenient alphabetical format. Coverage includes:

biographical information: all names, dates, places, and events important to understanding Whitman's life and career Whitman's works: essays on all eight editions of "Leaves of Grass," major poems and poem clusters, principal essays and prose works, as well as his more than two dozen short stories and the novel, Franklin Evans prominent themes and concepts: essays on such major topics as democracy, slavery, the Civil War, immortality, sexuality, and the women's rights movement. significant forms and techniques: such as prosody, symbolism, free verse, and humour important trends and critical approaches in Whitman studies: including new historicist and cultural criticism, psychological explorations, and controversial issues of sexual identity surveys of Whitman's international impact as well as an assessment of his literary legacy.

Useful for students, researchers, librarians, teachers, and Whitman devotees, this volume features extensive cross-references, numerous photographs of the poet, a chronology, a special appendix section tracking the poet's genealogy, and a thorough index. Each entry includes a bibliography for further study.

d the women's rights movement. significant forms and techniques: such as prosody, symbolism, free verse, and humour important trends and critical approaches in Whitman studies: including new historicist and cultural criticism, psychological explorations, and controversial issues of sexual identity surveys of Whitman's international impact as well as an assessment of his literary legacy.

Useful for students, researchers, librarians, teachers, and Whitman devotees, this volume features extensive cross-references, numerous photographs of the poet, a chronology, a special appendix section tracking the poet's genealogy, and a thorough index. Each entry includes a bibliography for further study.


Author Notes

J. R. LeMasteris Emeritas Professor of English at Baylor University.

Donald D. Kummingsis Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-The best reference books fan the flame of student interest, nudging them from the need for an answer to the desire to know more. This encyclopedia does just that and more, covering everything from Whitman's relationship with Dr. Henry Abbott to the Young American Movement. Along with the expected articles on the important influences on his work (Homer, the Bible, Ralph Waldo Emerson), there are also entries for the many authors who were influenced by him (James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams). The writing is clear and lively. The book has a handful of black-and-white photos. Complete with a comprehensive chronology and a genealogy, this volume will be useful for students just being introduced to the poet as well as those who have grown to love his work. Libraries owning Gay Wilson Allen's Walt Whitman Handbook (Hendricks) and the Reader's Guide to Walt Whitman (Syracuse Univ., 1997) will still want this important title.-Herman Sutter, Saint Pius X High School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Collected in this useful and impressive volume are nearly 760 entries from more than 200 contributors. Entries include the specific writings of Whitman and address 19th-century social and political issues, Whitman's contemporaries, and 20th-century figures who have written on Whitman. Each entry contains a brief bibliography and cross references to related topics. The breadth of entries makes this collection useful for experienced Whitman scholars, and the descriptive, informative nature of the entries makes it accessible to those approaching Whitman for the first time. Walt Whitman was a poet who contained multitudes, and this encyclopedia contains a multitude of references that allow one to feel at home with Whitman--whether it be with "Song of Myself" or his temperance novel Franklin Evans; with Edwin Haviland Miller or his mother, Louisa Van Velsor Whitman; with Putnam's Monthly or the Brooklyn Freeman. LeMaster and Kummings are to be commended for the diversity of entries and the attention to the details. Recommended for all libraries. R. T. Prus; Southeastern Oklahoma State University


Table of Contents

A sampling of the coverage : Actors and Actresses
American Character
The Atlantic Monthly
Boston, Massachusetts
Willa Cather
""Children of Adam""
The Civil War
""Crossing Brooklyn Ferry""
Democracy
Democratic Vistas
Education, Views on
Evolution
Freedom
Human Body
Internet, Whitman on the
Labor and Laboring Classes
Leaves of Grass
Libraries (New York)
Literature
Motherhood
Native Americans
Nature
""O Captain! My Captain!""
Opera and Opera Singers
Poetic Theory