A Whitman Chronology (Iowa Whitman Series) by Joann P. Krieg

By Joann P. Krieg

All Whitman students have encountered the disappointment of attempting to song down an occasion in Whitman's life—the final time he observed Peter Doyle, while he moved to his own residence on Mickle highway in Camden, whilst he met Oscar Wilde. The documents of those occasions in Whitman's lengthy existence are buried in seven volumes of his ample correspondence, in 9 volumes of his conversations with Horace Traubel, in 9 volumes of his notebooks and manuscripts, and in numerous writings produced via his buddies and admirers. to satisfy a long-felt desire for order between this embarrassment of riches, Joann Krieg has crafted this distinct chronology of Whitman's lifestyles. A Whitman Chronology clarifies the evidence of Whitman's lifestyles by way of supplying a year-by-year and, the place attainable, daily account of his inner most and public lifestyles. the place conflicting interpretations exist, Krieg acknowledges them and cites the variations; she additionally directs readers to fuller descriptions of noteworthy occasions. She deals short synopses of Whitman's fiction and of his significant prose works, giving distinguishing information regarding all the six variations of Leaves of Grass. via intertwining the occasions of his lifestyles and work—but with out bulky layers of speculation—she unearths the shut alliance among Whitman's own involvements and his literary achievements.

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In December 1851 he sees Louis Kossuth, heroof the Hungarianrevolution of 1848, parade up Broadway during his visit to the United States (NUPM, 3: 1065). In March 1852 Walter’s sister Hannah marries Charles Heyde, an artist whom Walterhas introduced to thefamily, In May 1852 he sells the Myrtle Avenue house and builds another on CumberlandStreet (perhaps with the help of his father, though Walter Sr. isnot well) into which the family moves in September. In March of the following year Walter sells the Cumberland Street house, andin April the family moves into a small house on the samestreet.

Whitman dines with Hector Tyndale, son of Sarah Tyndale, and seeks advice of this well-traveled importer and businessman for the improvement of his poems. Tyndale suggests “breath” without concern for details (NUPM, 1:351). MAY. Whitman goes to work on the Brooklyn Daily Times, perhaps as its editor. It is located at 145 Grand Street but a year later moves to a location on South Seventh Street (now Broadway) near the ferry depot. The subject of Whitman’s connectionto the Times is still unclear.

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