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Whitman, Walt (1819-1892)

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is American poet Walt Whitman.


Six Superlative Sources

· Allen, Gay Wilson. The Solitary Singer: A Critical Biography of Walt Whitman (Macmillan, 1955; revised edition, New York University Press, 1967; second revised edition, University of Chicago Press, 1985).

· Folsom, Ed, and Kenneth M. Price, eds. The Walt Whitman Archive. (1995-present).

· Greenspan, Ezra, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Walt Whitman (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

· Lemaster, J.R., and Donald D. Kummings, eds. Walt Whitman: An Encylopedia (Garland, 1998).

· Loving, Jerome. Walt Whitman: The Song of Himself (University of California Press, 1999).

· Reynolds, David S. Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography (Knopf, 1995).

Other Excellent Sources


· Asselineau, Roger. The Evolution of Walt Whitman (Harvard University Press, 1960-1962; revised edition, University of Iowa Press, 1999).

· Holloway, Emory. Whitman: An Interpretation in Narrative (Knopf, 1926).

· Kaplan, Justin. Walt Whitman: A Life (Simon and Schuster, 1980).

· Krieg, Joann P. A Whitman Chronology (University of Iowa Press, 1998).

· Molinoff, Katharine. Some Notes on Whitman's Family: Mary Elizabeth Whitman, Edward Whitman, Andrew and Jesse Whitman, Hannah Louisa Whitman (Printed for the author, 1941).

· Morris, Jr., Roy. The Better Angel: Walt Whitman in the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2000).

· Myerson, Joel, ed. Whitman in His Own Time. (University of Iowa Press, 2000).

· Schmidgall, Gary. Walt Whitman: A Gay Life (Dutton, 1997).

· Zweig, Paul. Walt Whitman: The Making of the Poet (Basic Books, 1984).


· Bucke, Richard Maurice. Walt Whitman (McKay, 1883).

· Bucke, Richard Maurice, Horace Traubel, and Thomas B. Harned, eds. In re Walt Whitman (McKay, 1893).

· Burroughs, John. Notes on Walt Whitman as Poet and Person (American News, 1867).

· Burroughs, John. Whitman: A Study (Houghton Mifflin, 1896).

· Carpenter, Edward. Days with Walt Whitman (George Allen, 1906).

· Donaldson, Thomas. Walt Whitman, the Man (Francis P. Harper, 1896).

· Johnston, John, and J.W. Wallace. Visits to Walt Whitman (George Allen, 1917).

· Kennedy, William Sloane. The Fight of a Book for the World (Stonecroft Press, 1926).

· Kennedy, William Sloane. Reminiscences of Walt Whitman (Alexander Gardner, 1896).

· O'Connor, William Douglas. The Good Gray Poet: A Vindication (Bunce and Huntington, 1866).

· Symonds, John Addington. Walt Whitman: A Study (Routledge, 1893).

· Traubel, Horace. With Walt Whitman in Camden (Vol. 1: Small, Maynard, 1906; Vol. 2: Appleton, 1908; Vol. 3: Kennerley, 1914; Vol. 4: Southern Illinois University Press, 1959; Vol. 5: Southern Illinois University Press, 1964; Vol. 6: Southern Illinois University Press, 1982; Vol. 7: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992; Vols. 8-9: W.L. Bentley, 1996).


· Folsom, Ed. Whitman: Bibliography of Scholarship (The Walt Whitman Archive, covering materials from 1975 to the present); also published in different format as "Whitman: A Current Bibliography," Walt Whitman Quarterly Review (1983-present).

· Giantvalley, Scott. Walt Whitman, 1838-1939: A Reference Guide (G.K. Hall, 1981).

· Kummings, Donald D. Walt Whitman, 1940-1975: A Reference Guide (G.K. Hall, 1982).

· Myerson, Joel. Walt Whitman: A Descriptive Bibliography (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993).


· Cady, Edwin H., and Louis J. Budd, eds. On Whitman: The Best from American Literature (Duke University Press, 1987).

· Camboni, Marina, ed. Utopia in the Present Tense: Walt Whitman and the Language of the New World (Il Calamo, 1994).

· Erkkila, Betsy, and Jay Grossman, eds. Breaking Bounds: Whitman and American Cultural Studies (Oxford University Press, 1996).

· Folsom, Ed, ed. Walt Whitman: The Centennial Essays (University of Iowa Press, 1994).

· Hindus, Milton, ed. Leaves of Grass: One Hundred Years After (Stanford University Press, 1955).

· Hindus, Milton, ed. Walt Whitman: The Critical Heritage (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1971).

· Krieg, Joann P., ed. Walt Whitman: Here and Now (Greenwood Press, 1985).

· Kummings, Donald D., ed. Approaches to Teaching Whitman's Leaves of Grass (Modern Language Association, 1990).

· Lewis, R.W.B., ed. The Presence of Walt Whitman (Columbia University Press, 1962).

· Martin, Robert K., ed. The Continuing Presence of Walt Whitman: The Life after the Life (University of Iowa Press, 1992).

· Miller, Edwin Haviland, ed. The Artistic Legacy of Walt Whitman: A Tribute to Gay Wilson Allen (New York University Press, 1970).

· Miller, Edwin Haviland, ed. A Century of Whitman Criticism (Indiana University Press, 1969).

· Padgett, Ron, ed. The Teachers and Writers Guide to Walt Whitman (Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 1991).

· Pearce, Roy Harvey, ed. Whitman: A Collection of Critical Essays (Prentice Hall, 1962).

· Price, Kenneth M., ed. Walt Whitman: The Contemporary Reviews (Cambridge University Press, 1996).

· Reynolds, David, ed. A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman (Oxford University Press, 2000).

· Sill, Geoffrey M., ed. Walt Whitman of Mickle Street: A Centennial Collection (University of Tennessee Press, 1994).

· Sill, Geoffrey M., and Roberta K. Tarbell, eds. Walt Whitman and the Visual Arts (Rutgers University Press, 1992).

· Woodress, James, ed. Critical Essays on Walt Whitman (G.K. Hall, 1983).


· Allen, Gay Wilson, and Ed Folsom, eds. Walt Whitman and the World (University of Iowa Press, 1995).

· Blodgett, Harold. Walt Whitman in England (Cornell University Press, 1934).

· Erkkila, Betsy. Walt Whitman among the French (Princeton University Press, 1980).

· Folsom, Ed, ed. Whitman East and West (University of Iowa Press, 2002).

· Gardner, Thomas. Discovering Ourselves in Whitman (University of Illinois Press, 1989).

· Grünzweig, Walter. Constructing the German Walt Whitman (University of Iowa Press, 1995).

· Huang, Guiyou. Whitmanism, Imagism, and Modernism in China and America (Susquehanna University Press, 1997).

· Miller, Jr., James E., Karl Shapiro, and Bernice Slote. Start with the Sun: Studies in Cosmic Poetry (University of Nebraska Press, 1960).

· Perlman, Jim, Ed Folsom, and Dan Campion, eds. Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song (Holy Cow! 1981; revised edition, Holy Cow! 1998).


· Allen, Gay Wilson. The New Walt Whitman Handbook (New York University Press, 1975).

· Arvin, Newton. Whitman (Macmillan, 1938).

· Aspiz, Harold. Walt Whitman and the Body Beautiful (University of Illinois Press, 1980).

· Bauerlein, Mark. Whitman and the American Idiom (Louisiana State University Press, 1991).

· Beach, Christopher. The Politics of Distinction: Whitman and the Discourses of Nineteenth-Century America (University of Georgia Press, 1996).

· Beaver, Joseph. Walt Whitman: Poet of Science (King's Crown Press, 1951).

· Cavitch, David. My Soul and I: The Inner Life of Walt Whitman (Beacon, 1985).

· Ceniza, Sherry. Walt Whitman and Nineteenth-Century Women Reformers (University of Alabama Press, 1998).

· Chari, V.K. Whitman in the Light of Vedantic Mysticism: An Interpretation (University of Nebraska Press, 1965).

· Chase, Richard. Walt Whitman Reconsidered (Sloane, 1955).

· Davis, Robert Leigh. Whitman and the Romance of Medicine (University of California Press, 1997).

· Dougherty, James. Walt Whitman and the Citizen's Eye (Louisiana State University Press, 1993).

· Erkkila, Betsy. Whitman the Political Poet (Oxford University Press, 1989).

· Faner, Robert D. Walt Whitman and Opera (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1951).

· Folsom, Ed. Walt Whitman's Native Representations (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

· Fone, Byrne R.S. Masculine Landscapes: Walt Whitman and the Homoerotic Text (Southern Illinois University Press, 1992).

· Freedman, Florence Bernstein. William Douglas O'Connor: Walt Whitman's Chosen Knight (Ohio University Press, 1985).

· Greenspan, Ezra. Walt Whitman and the American Reader (Cambridge University Press, 1990).

· Hollis, C. Carroll. Language and Style in Leaves of Grass (Louisiana State University Press, 1983).

· Hutchinson, George B. The Ecstatic Whitman: Literary Shamanism and the Crisis of the Union (Ohio State University Press, 1986).

· Killingsworth, M. Jimmie. Whitman's Poetry of the Body: Sexuality, Politics, and the Text (University of North Carolina Press, 1989).

· Klammer, Martin. Whitman, Slavery, and the Emergence of Leaves of Grass (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995).

· Krieg, Joann P. Whitman and the Irish (University of Iowa Press, 2000).

· Kuebrich, David. Minor Prophecy: Walt Whitman's New American Religion (Indiana University Press, 1989).

· Larson, Kerry C. Whitman's Drama of Consensus (University of Chicago Press, 1988).

· Loving, Jerome. Emerson, Whitman, and the American Muse (University of North Carolina Press, 1982).

· Mancuso, Luke. The Strange Sad War Revolving: Walt Whitman, Reconstruction, and the Emergence of Black Citizenship, 1865-1876 (Camden House, 1997).

· Marki, Ivan. The Trial of the Poet: An Interpretation of the First Edition of Leaves of Grass (Columbia University Press, 1976).

· Miller, Edwin Haviland. Walt Whitman's Poetry: A Psychological Journey (Houghton Mifflin, 1968).

· Miller, Edwin Haviland. Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself": A Mosaic of Interpretations (University of Iowa Press, 1989).

· Miller, Jr., James E. A Critical Guide to Leaves of Grass (University of Chicago Press, 1955).

· Moon, Michael. Disseminating Whitman: Revision and Corporeality in Leaves of Grass (Harvard University Press, 1991).

· Nathanson, Tenney. Whitman's Presence: Body, Voice, and Writing in Leaves of Grass (New York University Press, 1992).

· Pollak, Vivian. The Erotic Whitman (University of California Press, 2000).

· Price, Kenneth M. Whitman and Tradition: The Poet in His Century (Yale University Press, 1990).

· Shephard, Esther. Walt Whitman's Pose (Harcourt Brace, 1938).

· Shively, Charley, ed. Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working Class Camerados (Gay Sunshine, 1987).

· Shively, Charley, ed. Drum Beats: Walt Whitman's Civil War Boy Lovers (Gay Sunshine, 1989).

· Stovall, Floyd. The Foreground of Leaves of Grass (University Press of Virginia, 1974).

· Thomas, M. Wynn. The Lunar Light of Whitman's Poetry (Harvard University Press, 1987).

· Warren, James Perrin. Walt Whitman's Language Experiment (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1990).

· Waskow, Howard. Whitman: Explorations in Form (University of Chicago Press, 1966).

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