Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Whitman papers discovered


 UNL scholar discovers thousands of new Walt Whitman papers

As a clerk in the U.S. Attorney General's Office in the 1860s and 1870s, Walt Whitman had a firsthand view of the legal, cultural and ideological challenges facing the nation after the Civil War. That experience, most believe, shaped his later works of poetry and prose.

Now, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher [Prof. Kenneth Price]  has discovered nearly 3,000 previously unknown Whitman documents from that era -- a trove of information that sheds new light on the legendary poet's post-war thinking, as well as Whitman's published reflections on the state of the nation that soon followed.

No comments: