When it appeared in 1965, Harlem Gallery was Melvin Tolson's first book of poetry in 12 years. Tolson had always worked in that deliberate way: a few poems now and then in Poetry or some other sympathetic journal, then, suddenly, the publication of [...]
Walt Whitman: The Making of the Poet. By Paul Zweig. Basic Books. $18.95.
Paul Zweig's Walt Whitman is harder to keep in his place than most people's Walt Whitman. He is more mysterious, more psychologically and morally restless; above all an angr [...]
Walt Whitman: Daybooks and Notebooks. Edited by William White. 3 Volumes. New York University Press. $75.00.
If I owned a scrap of paper on which Walt Whitman had scrawled the name of a merchant of firm bedsprings or seamless shoes, I would treasu [...]
Leaves of Grass: A Textual Variorum of the Printed Poems. Edited by Sculley Bradley, Harold W. Blodgett, Arthur Golden, and William White. 3 volumes. New York University Press, $125.00.
Admirers have long juxtaposed two images of Walt Whitman a [...]
The Confidence Man in American Literature. By Gary Lindberg. Oxford. $19.95
The recent history of the reputation of Herman Melville's The Confidence-Man is nearly as suggestive as that novel's own episodic narrative. Since Elizabeth Foster's ed [...]
William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked. By Paul Mariani. McGraw-Hill. $24.95.
Whatever you do do not prettify me," Walt Whitman once told Horace Traubel; "include all the hells and damns." Traubel ultimately went Whitman one better by includin [...]