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- DescriptionThis volume, a significant contribution to the reception history of Leaves of Grass, Specimen Days and other works, reproduces the full range of the contemporary reviews of Whitman's various books. Brash and icoclastic, revered and reviled at various times, Whitman - because of his bold literary experiments and frank treatment of sexuality - came in for an astonishing array of commentary ranging from sympathy with his 'hearty wholesomeness' to hostility toward poems that were a 'mass of stupid filth'. Reviews by Rufus Griswold, Fanny Fern, John Burroughs, William Dean Howells, Henry James, Hamlin Garland, Oscar Wilde and (writing anymously) Whitman himself, together with a host of lesser-kwn writers clarify much about both the poet and nineteenth-century American culture and its tastes and preoccupations, its myopia and acuity. These reviewers first framed the issues for critical debate and shaped Whitman's long-term reputation.
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication31/05/1996
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleAmerican Critical Archives
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 9
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content NoteIllustrations, 1 port.
- Weight710 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edited byKenneth M. Price
- Series Edited byM. Thomas Inge
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