By Joann P. Krieg
All Whitman students have encountered the disappointment of attempting to tune down an occasion in Whitman's life—the final time he observed Peter Doyle, while he moved to his own residence on Mickle road in Camden, whilst he met Oscar Wilde. The files of those occasions in Whitman's lengthy existence are buried in seven volumes of his ample correspondence, in 9 volumes of his conversations with Horace Traubel, in 9 volumes of his notebooks and manuscripts, and in numerous writings produced via his pals and admirers. to satisfy a long-felt want for order between this embarrassment of riches, Joann Krieg has crafted this distinctive chronology of Whitman's existence. A Whitman Chronology clarifies the evidence of Whitman's existence by way of delivering a year-by-year and, the place attainable, daily account of his inner most and public lifestyles. the place conflicting interpretations exist, Krieg acknowledges them and cites the diversities; she additionally directs readers to fuller descriptions of noteworthy occasions. She bargains short synopses of Whitman's fiction and of his significant prose works, giving distinguishing information regarding all the six versions of Leaves of Grass. by means of intertwining the occasions of his lifestyles and work—but with no bulky layers of speculation—she unearths the shut alliance among Whitman's own involvements and his literary achievements.
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I greet you at the beginning of a great career, which yetmust have had a long foreground somewhere, for sucha start. It has the best merits, namely, of fortifying & encouraging. I did not know until I, last night, saw the book advertised in a newspaper, that I could trust the name as real & available fora Post-office. I wish to see my benefactor, & have felt much like striking my tasks,& visiting New York to pay youmy respects. (Bucke,Walt Whitman,138-139) 23 JULY. The first review of Leaves OfGrass, by Charles A.
Young Walter accompanies his parents to hear the famed Quaker preacherElias Hicks of Jericho, Long Island, at Morrison’s Hotel in Brooklyn Heights. Though he does not understand the sermon, Walter is greatly impressed bythe oratory andlater remains a Hicksadmirer, eventually writing a biographical sketchof the preacher (PW, 2:636-637). SUMMER. 1830 Walter begins work as an office boy in the law office of James B. Clark and his son, Edward, onFulton Street in Brooklyn; Edward givesthe boy a subscription to a circulating library so that hemay continue his education, and Walter is soonreading adventure books (PW, 1:13).
Another admirer appears as well, John Townsend Trowbridge,to whom, it is alleged, Whitman professes Emerson’sdefining influence. In April 1861, as he is coming from theopera, Whitman learns of the firing on Fort Sumter. Not long after, his brothers George and Andrew enlist. Whitman is caught up in thewar fever that overtakes the North in the wake of its overwhelming defeat at the battle of First Bull Run and sounds his o w n alarum, “Beat! Beat! ,” his first poetic effort of the war. In 1862 George is wounded slightly at Fredericksburg, Virginia.