PHOTO: Zachary Turpin, a University of Houston graduate student, poses for a portrait at his home, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Houston. Turpin recently discovered a previously unknown novella by the poet Walt Whitman. Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP

WWBA announces its 2017 Program Series, Salut au Monde. Named after Whitman’s poem under the same name, this program aims to bring the world to the Whitman stage. Re-Discovering Walt, with Zachary Turpin, is featured as the second program on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 7:30 – 9pm.

Zachary Turpin was a graduate student at the University of Houston when he discovered two books Whitman published under a pseudonym. He will discuss the importance of the digitization of archives, and the implications of “new facts” on interpreting history.

Turpin is “one of the most talented of a whole new generation of scholars,” Folsom said — scholars who will create “a golden age of discovery” as they dig through digital databases and uncover material that hasn’t been seen for decades, even centuries.

His presentation includes:

  • Could there be more Walt Whitman left to be discovered?
  • How might one find it?
  • Using Archival Research and Digitization

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A small ad that ran in The New York Times on March 13, 1852, for what turns out to have been an anonymously published Whitman novel.

Walt Whitman’s handwritten notes for what became the novel “Jack Engle” contain “some remarks about the villainy of lawyers.” Credit Library of Congress











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