Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia

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J. R. LeMaster, Donald D. Kummings
Garland Pub., 1998 - Literary Criticism - 847 pages
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The Routledge Encyclopedia of Walt Whitman presents 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.

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About the author (1998)

J. R. LeMaster is Emeritas Professor of English at Baylor University.

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

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