Walt Whitman burst upon the literary scene in 1855 with the first publication of Leaves of Grass. The world of literature would never be the same again. Whitman sang a song of America, but as Kenneth Price's study shows, Whitman's words have taken on a life of their own.
"Seeking Whitman," Price says, in To Walt Whitman, America, "one can find him everywhere." His words appear in speeches, films, books, and beyond. In their various forms, his words have influenced the works of Edith Wharton, D.H. Lawrence, John Dos Passos, and others. He stands as a model for every American. He is broad and all-encompassing, incorporating the best (and the worst) that is America.
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