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Containing multitudes : Walt Whitman and the British literary tradition, Gary Schmidgall

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Containing multitudes : Walt Whitman and the British literary tradition
Title
Containing multitudes
Title remainder
Walt Whitman and the British literary tradition
Statement of responsibility
Gary Schmidgall
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Walt Whitman burst onto the literary stage raring for a fight with his transatlantic forebears. With the unmetered and unrhymed long lines of Leaves of Grass, he blithely forsook "the old models" declaring that "poems distilled from other poems will probably pass away." In a self-authored but unsigned review of the inaugural 1855 edition, Whitman boasted that its influence-free author "makes no allusions to books or writers; their spirits do not seem to have touched him." There was more than a hint here of a party-crasher's bravado or a new-comer's anxiety about being perceived as derivative. But the giants of British literature were too well established in America to be toppled by Whitman's patronizing "that wonderful little island," he called England-or his frequent assertions that Old World literature was non grata on American soil. As Gary Schmidgall demonstrates, the American bard's manuscripts, letters, prose criticism, and private conversations all reveal that Whitman's negotiation with the literary "big fellows" across the Atlantic was much more nuanced and contradictory than might be supposed. His hostile posture also changed over the decades as the gymnastic rebel transformed into Good Gray Poet, though even late in life he could still crow that his masterwork Leaves of Grass "is an iconoclasm, it starts out to shatter the idols of porcelain." Containing Multitudes explores Whitman's often uneasy embrace of five members of the British literary pantheon: Shakespeare, Milton, Burns, Blake, and Wordsworth (five others are treated more briefly: Scott, Carlyle, Tennyson, Wilde, and Swinburne). It also considers how the arcs of their creative careers are often similar to the arc of Whitman's own fifty years of poem-making. Finally, it seeks to illuminate the sometimes striking affinities between the views of these authors and Whitman on human nature and society. Though he was loath to admit it, these authors anticipated much that we now see as quintessentially Whitmanic. --Provided by publisher
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DLC
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1945-
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Schmidgall, Gary
Dewey number
811/.3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3242.L5
LC item number
S36 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Literature
Label
Containing multitudes : Walt Whitman and the British literary tradition, Gary Schmidgall
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Leaves and the retrospective lands: an introduction -- Shakespeare and Whitman -- Milton and Whitman -- Burns and Whitman -- Blake and Whitman -- Wordsworth and Whitman -- Whitman and some other "big fellows"
Control code
880418754
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxvi, 368 pages
Isbn
9780199374410
Lccn
2014007047
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)880418754
Label
Containing multitudes : Walt Whitman and the British literary tradition, Gary Schmidgall
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Leaves and the retrospective lands: an introduction -- Shakespeare and Whitman -- Milton and Whitman -- Burns and Whitman -- Blake and Whitman -- Wordsworth and Whitman -- Whitman and some other "big fellows"
Control code
880418754
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxvi, 368 pages
Isbn
9780199374410
Lccn
2014007047
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)880418754

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