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How the American Civil War Gave Walt Whitman a Call to Action

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How the American Civil War Gave Walt Whitman a Call to Action

Walt Whitman did all he could to advance the fortunes of his own book, Leaves of Grass. He reviewed it himself, not once but three times. β€œAn American Bard at last,” he crowed. Whitman, the New Yorker, was commercially minded. Quickly, he got to work on a new edition. He wrote more poems and published them a year later in the edition of 1856. This volume is short and squat, a quarto, not an expansive folio like the 1855. It looks to be loaded with compact muscle. Whitman did something memorable to the 1856 volume, which he published himself, something...

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