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Walt Whitman

"I CELEBRATE myself
And what I assume you shall assume
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs
to you
I loafe and invite my soul
I lean and loafe at my ease....observing a spear
of summer grass."

With these lines, an unknown poet, Walt Whitman introduced himself. In 1855, at his own expense, he published a book called Leaves of Grass. Of the 795 copies printed, almost none were sold. But in time, this small book, just 95 pages long, would alter the course of world literature.

Walter Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, Town of Huntington, Long Island, to parents close to Quaker.

As the American Civil War was beginning, Whitman published his poem "Beat! Beat! Drums!" as a patriotic rally call for the North. During next 20 years, with more works published, his popularity grew in America and Britain.
Whitman's work breaks the boundaries of poetic form; he used unconventional images and symbols in his poetry, including rotting leaves, tufts of straw, and debris. He openly wrote about death and sexuality, including prostitution. ​
After suffering a paralytic stroke in early 1873, Whitman moved to the home of his brother in Camden, New Jersey. Whitman died on March 26, 1892. A public viewing of his body was held at his Camden home where over one thousand people visited in three hours. Whitman's oak coffin was barely visible because of all the flowers and wreaths left for him.

"America's poet... He is America." /Ezra Pound/
[Walt Whitman, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, wearing hat]
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Horace Traubel For Old Walt Dedication

Here's an interesting scan of a photo from an unknown source. .Here is an excerpt from John Campbell's Book: 'Mazinaw Experience' available from the CDHS online bookstore www.cloynepioneermuseum.ca ( http://ww... more

Horace Traubel For Old Walt Dedication

Here's an interesting scan of a photo from an unknown source. .Here is an excerpt from John Campbell's Book: 'Mazinaw Experience' available from the CDHS online bookstore www.cloynepioneermuseum.ca ( http://ww... more

Walt Whitman

At Mazinaw Lake, Mrs. Denison operated an inn which became a mecca for a large number of Whitman devotees. The Whitman Club of Bon Echo was organized at some time after 1910 and before 1916. Mr. Denison states ... more

Walt Whitman Inscription on Mazinaw Rock - Bon Echo

The following information on Old Walt was obtained from 'The Mazinaw Experience' by John Campbell...Upon Merrill Denison's return from the war in 1919, he learned of his mother's (Flora MacDonald Denison) plans... more

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Portrait, three-quarter length, facing left.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing front.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Portrait shows Whitman at age 37; 3/4 lgth., standing, facing right.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing slightly left.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing left; right hand under chin.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Full lgth., standing, facing front.

Walt Whitman - original steel engraving 1860 leaves of grass

Plate shows Walt Whitman, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing slightly right.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing left.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Half lgth, seated, facing front.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing slightly left.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

3/4 lgth., seated, facing front; right hand under head.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Half lgth., seated at small desk, facing left; left hand raised to neck.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing right.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Full lgth., seated, facing front; on fake rock wth fake mountain.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing right.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing slightly right.

Walt Whitman, June 1887

Walt Whitman, full-length portrait, seated, facing left.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

3/4 lgth., seated by window, facing front.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing right.

Walt Whitman / Percy Ives, Camden, Dec. 21 1887.

Photograph shows Walt Whitman, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, in Camden, New Jersey.

Walt Whitman, E.O. Nigel Cholmeley-Jones and Jeanette Cholmeley-Jones

Walt Whitman seated and the two children standing on either side.

Walt Whitman, 1887

Photograph shows Walt Whitman, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right, wearing hat. Copy of older photograph.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

1/2, seated, facing slightly right.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing right.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Full lgth., seated in rocking chair, facing left.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing slightly right.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing front.

Walt Whitman in old age

Plaster bust of Walt Whitman by S.H. Morse.

Residence of Walt Whitman, Mickle St., Camden, N.J.

Street scene, with iceman removing ice from wagon.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Full lgth., seated in cluttered room, facing front.

Walt Whitman / V. Gribayédoff del.

Cover of The Illustrated American, April 19, 1890, showing head-and-shoulders portrait of Walt Whitman wearing a hat.

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Head and shoulders, facing left; wearing hat.