Celebrating Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday

The following cross-post is by Paul Sommerfeld, a Reference Specialist in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. It also appears on In The Muse: Performing Arts Blog. Since publishing Leaves of Grass in June 1855, Walt Whitman and his poetry have captured the American imagination. Not until the early twentieth century, however, did […]

‘O Captain! My Captain!’ Walt Whitman, Two Centuries Later

The following post was written by Neely Tucker, a writer-editor in the Library’s Office of Communications. It originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog. Walt Whitman, that most exuberant of poets, the 19th century bard of transcendent sensitivity, sensuousness and epic vision, was given to intimate correspondence in his personal life, too. As the […]

Starting from Paumanok/Proto-Leaf: Happy 200th Birthday, Walt Whitman!

The following guest post is by Barbara Bair, historian in the Library’s Manuscript Division. This is the third in a series of blog posts exploring the life and work of Walt Whitman. The Library of Congress will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birthday in spring 2019 with a series of exhibits, public programs, and a […]

The Evolution of Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!”

The following post was written by Cheryl Lederle, Barbara Bair, and Victoria Van Hyning of the Library of Congress. It originally appeared on the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. The Library of Congress will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birthday in spring 2019 with a series of exhibits, public programs, and a digital crowdsourcing […]

My Sprig of Lilac

The following guest post is by Barbara Bair, historian in the Library’s Manuscript Division. This is the second in a series of blog posts exploring the life and work of Walt Whitman. The Library of Congress will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birthday in spring 2019 with a series of exhibits, public programs, and a […]

Wound Dressing: Walt Whitman in Washington

The following guest post is by Barbara Bair, historian in the Library’s Manuscript Division. This is the first in a series of blog posts exploring the life and work of Walt Whitman. The Library of Congress will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth with events and exhibits in May and June (to be announced). […]

New Online: The Walt Whitman Papers in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection

The following cross-post was written by Barbara Bair, historian in the Library’s Manuscript Division. It originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog. As a special collections repository, the Library of Congress holds the largest collection of Walt Whitman materials anywhere in the world. The Manuscript Division has already made available online the Thomas Biggs […]