Walt Whitman and the Culture of American Celebrity

 
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What is the relationship between poetry and fame? What happens to a reader's experience when a poem invokes its author's popularity? Is there a meaningful connection between poetry and advertising, between the rhetoric of lyric and the rhetoric of hype? One of the first full-scale treatments of celebrity in nineteenth-century America, this book examines Walt Whitman's lifelong interest in fame and publicity.

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David Haven Blake is associate professor of English, The College of New Jersey. He was co-director of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Symposium in 2005.  He lives in Pennington, NJ.

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“This rich and engaging book locates Walt Whitman in an expanse of popular culture that stretches from patent medicines to presidential politics, revealing the poet's complicated, often inconsistent views on poetry, commerce, and celebrity.”—Wes Davis, Yale University    
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“To date the most sustained look at Whitman in the context of celebrity and self-promotion.  Blake’s scholarship and writing are both exemplary.” —Wes Davis, Yale University (Wes Davis)

"This is an elegantly written and original book that has much to teach us about Whitman's life and work and the culture of celebrity in which he lived and wrote."—Betsy Erkkila, author of Whitman the Political Poet   
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“Using rich archival material, David Blake shows us a Whitman 'celebrating' American democracy and dreaming of the mass applause that alone proves a poet's worth.”—Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University
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"Anyone interested in America's celebrity culture will want to read Blake's revelatory study of how Whitman tried to build a democratic poetry on the basis of personality, publicity, and public intimacy—and how, for a few decades in the last half of the nineteenth century, it was possible to imagine celebrity itself redeeming a nation."—Ed Folsom, author of Walt Whitman's Native Representations (Ed Folsom)

"[A] very fine and readable study. . . . A detailed and impressive array of materials about the culture from which Whitman's work sprung."—Harold K. Bush Jr., American Literature (Harold K. Bush Jr., American Literature 2008-09-01)

"This is a fascinating, thought-provoking study of one aspect of this multifaceted poet, breaking ground for valuable work to follow."--Peter Gibian, Journal of American History (Peter Gibian Journal of American History)

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