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Whitman A Study   By: (1837-1921)

Whitman A Study by John Burroughs

In "Whitman A Study," acclaimed naturalist and writer John Burroughs delves into the complex and enigmatic life of one of America's most celebrated poets, Walt Whitman. Through meticulous research and insightful analysis, Burroughs offers readers an intimate portrait of Whitman's poetic genius, his revolutionary ideas, and the profound impact of his work on American literature.

From the very first page, Burroughs establishes his expertise, unveiling a deep understanding of Whitman's verse and its significance in the context of the 19th century. This study serves as a remarkable tribute to the poet, exploring his vision of democracy, sexuality, and spirituality, and the bold ways in which he challenged societal norms.

Burroughs evocatively describes Whitman's writing style, capturing the essence of his sprawling lines and vivid imagery. While some might find the poet's language unconventional, Burroughs argues convincingly for the beauty and power embedded within Whitman's words. He expertly navigates the complexities of Whitman's free verse, providing readers with an invaluable guide to fully appreciate the poet's innovation and mastery of form.

One of the book's most notable achievements is Burroughs' exploration of Whitman's personal life. Drawing from letters, diaries, and firsthand accounts, he pieces together a comprehensive biography that sheds light on the struggles and triumphs of a man ahead of his time. The author examines the significance of Whitman's experiences during the American Civil War, exploring how they profoundly shaped his poetry and political convictions.

Moreover, Burroughs offers valuable insights into the critical reception of Whitman's work. He traces the evolution of public opinion, from the initial shock and outrage that greeted "Leaves of Grass" to the eventual recognition of its genius. Through this examination, he highlights the lasting influence Whitman has had on subsequent generations of poets and intellectuals.

Although Burroughs' admiration for Whitman is evident throughout the study, he maintains an objective tone and skillfully avoids hagiography. He does not shy away from addressing potential criticisms and controversies surrounding Whitman, offering a balanced perspective that allows readers to form their own opinions.

"Whitman A Study" is a must-read for any lover of American literature, poetry, or intellectual history. Burroughs' unparalleled knowledge of both Whitman's life and his poetic legacy make this book an invaluable resource for scholars and enthusiasts alike. Combining meticulous research with eloquent prose, Burroughs presents a compelling case for why Walt Whitman remains a towering figure in the canon of American literature.

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Books by John Burroughs.

WORKS. 14 vols., uniform, 16mo, gilt top, $17.10; half calf, $34.10; half polished morocco, $37.45.






BIRDS AND POETS, with Other Papers.

PEPACTON, and Other Sketches.




THE LIGHT OF DAY: Religious Discussions and Criticisms from the Standpoint of a Naturalist.

Each of the above, $1.25.

LITERARY VALUES. A Series of Literary Essays.



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WAYS OF NATURE. Riverside Edition. 12mo, $1.50, net . Postage extra.

FAR AND NEAR. Riverside Edition. 12mo, $1.50, net . Postage 11 cents.

A YEAR IN THE FIELDS. Selections appropriate to each season of the year, from the writings of John Burroughs. Illustrated from Photographs by CLIFTON JOHNSON. 12mo, $1.50.

WHITMAN: A Study. Riverside Edition. 12mo, $1.50, net .

THE LIGHT OF DAY: Religious Discussions and Criticisms from the Standpoint of a Naturalist. Riverside Edition. 12mo, $1.50, net .

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