Walt Whitman: A Gay Life

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"Walt Whitman was a man of stunning contradictions. The publication of "Song of Myself" transformed him from an obscure poet into the voice of a nation. But Leaves of Grass, published in 1855, shocked the literary world with its avant-garde style and unabashed portrayal of the self. Committed to the full expression of his physical and intellectual lives, Whitman, ironically, spent much of his life masking his true sexuality behind an ambiguous cloak of respectability. Walt Whitman: A Gay Life is the first biography to illuminate the vital connection between Whitman's life as a homosexual and his legacy as a landmark literary artist." "Here is the story of his encounter with the young Oscar Wilde, one of the most intriguing meetings of minds in literary history. Here, too, are the unadorned details about Whitman's relationship with Peter Doyle, his longtime companion, as well as the explicit poems Whitman suppressed from later editions of his published work."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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A book about ``the most gaily, muscularly, and relentlessly phallic writer in the annals of literature.'' Schmidgall, who is also Oscar Wilde's biographer (The Stranger Wilde, 1994), has chosen here ... Read full review

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In Calamus #41 Whitman wrote, "Among men and women, the multitude, I perceive one picking me out by secret and divine signs...Some are baffled--But that one is not--that one knows me...I meant that ... Read full review


enter the divo
The Early Years 3 Walter Goes to
0 I Cruise the Old Cruise Again 116 TheBody

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Gary Schmidgall is the author of The Stranger Wilde: Interpreting Oscar, which The Boston Globe called ?An astute study?genuinely original," and The San Francisco Chronicle noted "Breathes new life into the memory of Wilde.? He lives in New York City.

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