A Life of Walt Whitman (Classic Reprint)
Overview - Excerpt from A Life of Walt Whitman To the reader, and especially to the critical reader, it would seem but courteous to give at the beginning of my book some indication of its purpose. It makes no attempt to fill the place either of a critical study or a definitive bio graphy. Read more...
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Excerpt from A Life of Walt Whitman To the reader, and especially to the critical reader, it would seem but courteous to give at the beginning of my book some indication of its purpose. It makes no attempt to fill the place either of a critical study or a definitive bio graphy. Though Whitman died thirteen years ago, the time has not yet come for a final and com lete life to be written; and when the hour sha arrive we must, I think, look to some American interpreter for the volume. For Whit man's life is of a strongly American ﬂavour. Instead of such a book I offer a biographical study from the point of view of an Englishman, yet of an Englishman who loves the Republic. I have not attempted, except parenthetically here and there, to make literary decisions on the value of Whitman's work, partly because he still remains an innovator upon whose case the jury of the years must decide - a jury which is not yet complete; and partly because I am not myself a literary critic. It is as a man that I see and have sought to describe Whit man. But as a man of special and exceptional character, a new type of mystic or seer. And VI About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.