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Whitman: Brief Bibliography Keyed to Hale Library

The Collected Writing of Walt Whitman. New York University Press, 1961-present. Includes:

Leaves of Grass: Comprehensive Reader’s Edition, ed. by Harold W. Blodgett and Sculley Bradley (1965, reprinted New York: W. W. Norton, 1968) This is the Norton Critical Edition, the text for the class.

Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts (6 volumes) edited by Edward F. Grier
Volume One PS3203 G75 1975

The Correspondence edited by Edwin Haviland Miller (5 volumes) (1961-69)
Volume One PS3231 A3 1961

Prose Works edited by Floyd Stovall (2 volumes) (1963-4)
Volume One

Early Poems and the Fiction edited by Thomas Brasher (1963)

With Walt Whitman in Camden. Horace Traubel. New York: Mitchell Kennerly, 1915.
PS 3232 T7 1915 vol 1

The Solitary Singer: A Critical Biography of Walt Whitman. Gay Wilson Allen.
University of Chicago Press, 1955. Reprint with new Preface, 1985
PS 3231 A691985

The New Walt Whitman Handbook. Gay Wilson Allen.
New York University Press, 1975.
PS 3231 A7 1985

The Evolution of Walt Whitman: The Creation of a Personality. (Volume One, 1960)
The Evolution of Walt Whitman: The Creation of a Book. (Volume Two, 1962)
Roger Asselineau. Harvard University Press.
PS 3231 A333 vol 1

Walt Whitman and the American Reader. Ezra Greenspan. Cambridge University Press, 1990.
PS 3237.4 U6 1990

Whitman: Exploration in Form. Howard J. Waskow. University of Chicago Press, 1966.
Intro chapters on “bi-polar” unity.
PS 3231 W 35

Walt Whitman: From Noon to Starry Night. Philip Callow. Alison & Busby, 1992.
PS 3231 C25 1992b

Walt Whitman. Richard Maurice Bucke. Philadelphia, David McKay, 1883.

Walt Whitman: A Life. Justin Kaplan. New York, Bantam, 1980.
PS 3231 K3 1982

The Foreground of Leaves of Grass. Floyd Stovall. University Press of Virginia, 1974.
PS 3236 S8

The Trial of the Poet: An Interpretation of the First Edition of Leaves of Grass.
Ivan Marki. New York: Columbia University Press, 1976.
PS 3238 M27

My Soul and I: The Inner Life of Walt Whitman. David Cavitch. Boston: Beacon Press, 1985.
Pyschoanalytic interpretive biography
PS 3231 C37 1985

Whitman and the American Idiom. Mark Bauerlein. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1991.
Sees Whitman’s poetic theory to be failed in practice.
PS 3238 B 34 1991

Walt Whitman: Thinker and Artist. Arthur E. Briggs. New York: Greenwood Press, 1968.
Self-proclaimed “whitmanite” biographer; chapter 17 “Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson” has basic comparisons outlined; chapter 18 on the modern inheritors of Whitman poetics.
PS 3231 B7 1968

Walt Whitman: The Making of a Poet. Paul Zweig. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1984.
PS 3231 Z87 1984

Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song. Edited by Jim Periman, Ed Folsom, and Dan Campion.
Minneapolis: Holy Cow Press, 1981.
The “measure” here is a collection of other poets’ responses, usually in poetry, to Whitman.

The Ecstatic Whitman: Literary Shamanism and the Crisis of the Union. George B. Hutchinson.
Columbia: Ohio State University Press, 1986.
Examines Whitman as “shaman” (mystic, prophet) in realistic culture of Civil War.
PS 3242 S. 52 H88 1986

Whitman’s Presence: Body, Voice, and Writing in Leaves of Grass. Tenney Nathanson.
New York University Press, 1992.
PS 3238 N 38 1992
Derrida, Lacan come to Whitman studies

Disseminating Whitman: Revision and Corporeality in Leaves of Grass. Michael Moon.
Harvard University Press, 1991.
“Macro” level of text--treats editions of Leaves of Grass--contextualized somewhat in the male purity movement of the 19th c.
PS 3238 M66 1991

Walt Whitman: An American. Henry Seidel Canby. New York: Riverside Press, 1943.
Leaves of Grass as spiritual biography
PS 3231 C27 c1

Walt Whitman and the Body Beautiful. Harold Aspiz. University of Illinois Press, 1980.
Discusses W’s concept of the body in context of 19th-century physical culture.

Whitman’s Poetry of the Body. M. Jimmie Killingsworth. University of North Carolina Press, 1989.
Examines the sexual politics of W’s nontraditional views of human body and sexuality.

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