Walt Whitman

Walt  Whitman
WALT WHITMAN, one of the great innovators in nineteenth-century Anglo-American literature, was born in West Hills, Long Island, on May 31, 1819. The fact that there were Quakers on both sides of Whitman's family may explain his indifference to religious orthodoxy as well as his insistence on the importance of individual experience and private charity. When Whitman was still a child, his father, a carpenter, moved his family to Brooklyn. After attending school for only five years, Whitman went to work as an office boy; later he worked as a printer and a journalist, with a brief stint as a rural school teacher. Whitman was dismissed from his job as editor of the Brooklyn Eagle (1846-48) for espousing such radical causes as abolitionism and opposition to capital punishment. From there he joined the staff of the New Orleans Crescent, which gave him the opportunity to see the interior of America.

Although Whitman had had little formal education, he read voraciously Read More chevron_right