Catherine Reef Walt Whitman

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Walt Whitman

 
9781422360729: Walt Whitman

Catherine Reef's fascinating, in-depth biography explores the life and character of one of America's greatest poets, incorporating highlights from his writings and photographs of the poet and the America he experienced. In "Leaves of Grass," first published in 1855, Whitman's innovative, free poetic style celebrated nineteenth-century America and himself as one of its citizens. His poems captured the spirit of a time when cities grew rapidly, pioneers and railroads crossed the Great Plains, and the Civil War nearly tore the nation apart. This book combines detailed historical information with Whitman's optimism, love for humanity, and pure joy in living.

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Catherine Reef is the author of more than 35 nonfiction books for young people. Her books for Clarion include the highly acclaimed JOHN STEINBECK and SIGMUND FREUD, which was the recipient of the 2002 Sydney Taylor Award, presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries. She lives in College Park, Maryland.

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Grade 5-9?This vivid, straightforward biography draws heavily on poetry and reminiscences to establish Whitman as the rebel poet whose robust free verse and unorthodox themes offended Victorian sensibilities, but greatly influenced American literature. Reef discusses significant events in her subject's life and traces the publishing history of his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. Emphasis is placed on the Civil War years, a time when Whitman served as a battlefield nurse and wrote some of his most memorable poems. As his character emerges, readers view a man dominated by a strong democratic spirit and an abiding love for all humanity, characteristics readily discernible in both his poetry and prose. While most biographers circumvent Whitman's homosexuality, Reef addresses the issue openly, though briefly. The flowing text is at times lyrically descriptive. Many of the 70 black-and-white reproductions and photographs document the dramatic changes in Whitman's appearance over the years. The volume is well indexed. This title differs markedly from Nancy Loewen's Walt Whitman (Creative Editions, 1994), which is a combination of poetry, biographical vignettes, and photo-history. An absorbing, honest, and highly informative portrait.?Pat Katka, San Diego Public Library
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