Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman was a poet, journalist, and essaying author born in New York in 1819. Often referred to as the father of free verse, Whitman made quite an impact in the writing world and published hundreds of poems during his lifetime. His most celebrated free verse, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855, even though he kept on improving it until his death in 1892. Aside from publishing his poetry, Whitman worked as a volunteer nurse during the civil war. He became paralyzed after a stroke in 1873 and for the next two decades lived with his brother, mostly writing prose.

Books in order of publication:

Walt Whitman Books

Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate: A Tale of the Times(1842) 
Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Auto-Biography; A Story of New York at the Present Time in which the Reader Will Find Some Familiar Characters(1852) 
Leaves of Grass(1855) 
Song of Myself(1856) 
Manly Health and Training with Off-Hand Hints Towards Their Conditions(1858) 
Oh Captain! My Captain!(1865) 
Drum Taps(1865) 
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer(1865) 
Democratic Vistas: The Original Edition in Facsimile(1871) 
Democratic Vistas and Other Papers(1871) 
Civil War Poetry and Prose(1872) 
Specimen Days(1882) 
November Boughs(1888) 


Selected Letters of Walt Whitman(1855) 
Leaves of Grass and Other Writings(1855) 
Guide to Manly Health and Training(1858)
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