|Plot Summary of Walt Whitman, A Life|
|"Kaplan's biography begins with the poet buying a house in Camden, New Jersey in 1864 at the age of 65. He then goes back in time to tell of his youth, his time spent working for newspapers in Brooklyn and Long Island. He began work on the Long Island Patriot in 1831 when he was twelve. Later he spent some time as a young country school teacher.
Whitman's experiences during the Civil War, where he served as a nurse, are detailed as are the uses to which he put these experiences in his poetry. His reaction to the death of Lincoln is also discussed along with the great poems that he wrote after that death.
A great part of the book is devoted to Whitman's Leaves of Grass and the continual rewriting on revision that went on during the course of his life.
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Walt Whitman, A Life|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- long lived adults
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- 19th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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