With Walt Whitman, Himself

With Walt Whitman, Himself: In the Nineteenth Century, in America
By Jean Huets

With Walt Whitman, Himself immerses you in the life and times of the poet called “America’s bard,” with over 300 period images and text with extensive quotes by Walt Whitman and his family and friends (and enemies). Explore the fascinating roots of his great work: a family harrowed by alcoholism and mental illness; the bloody Civil War; burgeoning, brawling Manhattan and Brooklyn; literary allies and rivals; and his beloved America, racked by disunion even while racing westward.

“This could be called a family album, a big picture book in size and substance…. It’s an intimate personal guide to assist understanding Whitman, in greater context, and this is done successfully.” — Washington Independent Review of Books

“Jean Huets’ With Walt Whitman, Himself is a true Whitmanian feast—for the intellect as well as for the eyes. It is hard to put this remarkable book down once you’ve opened its riches—illustrations of Whitman’s various places, friends, family, disciples, contemporaries—his cities and his rural retreats. The descriptions of his life and times are concise and smart. The book keeps opening up to new facets of Whitman, his work, and his era.” — Ed Folsom, Editor of Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, Co-Director of Walt Whitman Archive

“Jean Huets has researched, written and published an outstanding account of Whitman’s life and times. Published in the 200th anniversary year of his birth, this tribute to a great American writer should be in every U.S. library.” — Compulsive Reader


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