By Joann P. Krieg
All Whitman students have encountered the disappointment of attempting to music down an occasion in Whitman's life—the final time he observed Peter Doyle, whilst he moved to his own residence on Mickle highway in Camden, while he met Oscar Wilde. The files of those occasions in Whitman's lengthy lifestyles are buried in seven volumes of his plentiful correspondence, in 9 volumes of his conversations with Horace Traubel, in 9 volumes of his notebooks and manuscripts, and in numerous writings produced by way of his neighbors and admirers. to satisfy a long-felt want for order between this embarrassment of riches, Joann Krieg has crafted this designated chronology of Whitman's lifestyles. A Whitman Chronology clarifies the evidence of Whitman's existence via providing a year-by-year and, the place attainable, daily account of his inner most and public existence. the place conflicting interpretations exist, Krieg acknowledges them and cites the variations; she additionally directs readers to fuller descriptions of noteworthy occasions. She deals short synopses of Whitman's fiction and of his significant prose works, giving distinguishing information regarding all of the six versions of Leaves of Grass. via intertwining the occasions of his lifestyles and work—but with out bulky layers of speculation—she finds the shut alliance among Whitman's own involvements and his literary achievements.
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Walter gives a speech at a Democratic rally in City Hall Park, New York,which is praised in William Cullen MARCH. [IO] 1819-1854 I 1 Bryant’s paper, the Evening Post. “We are battling for great principles -for mighty and glorious truths,” he assures his audience concerning the Democratic Party. “Itis our creed -our doctrine; not a man or setof men, that we seekto build up” (UPP, I :51). g AUGUST. “Death in the School-Room (A Fact),” a short story about the brutal beating of a pupil by a schoolteacher, is publishedin the United States Magazine and Democratic Review.
Bucke,Walt Whitman,138-139) 23 JULY. The first review of Leaves OfGrass, by Charles A. Positive in almost allaspects, it calls Whitman an “odd genius” of the type Emerson had called for (Price, Reviews, 3-8). 28 JULY. f View” (Price, Reviews, 8). SUMMER. Walt spends some time in Greenport, Long Island, with his sister Mary and her husband. 17 SEPTEMBER. Moncure Conway, a young transcendentalist, writes to Emerson describinghis visit with Whitman at the Rome Brothers print shop andhow he told Whitman of Emerson’s enthusiasm for Leaves.
The Death and Burial of McDonald Clarke” is published in the -4uroT-a. A parody of Charles Wolfe’s popular “The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna,”the poem memoralizes McDonald Clarke,an eccentric New York poet who diedin New York’s Tombs prison in early March. ,”the poem is later identified as Whitman’s (Rubin and Brown, 11). 28 MARCH. The publishers of the Aurora “respectfully announce to their friends and the public that they have secured the services of Mr. ” Whitman now becomes part of the rough-and-tumble world o f New York editorial journalism and will move from one paper to another atthe mercy of various publishers and of his own temperament.