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Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass

is a virtual tour of Whitman's life tracing the 40-year history of his famous masterpiece, from when it was first published (1855) to the ninth and final edition (1892). Depicted are selected manuscript drafts, notes for poems, information on his changing career paths, first-hand correspondence, and treasures from friends and family. The site helps show how Whitman's vision of America influenced the course of American literature. (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

Walt Whitman's family were early settlers of West Hills on Long Island, New York. Whitman was born at his parents' modest farm, and as a child he roamed its fields. The beaches, flora, and history of Long Island -- called "Paumanok" by Native Americans -- remained touchstones in his mature writings.
'Walt Whitman,' Mathew Brady (1822-1896), photographer. Carte de visite, ca. 1862. Digital ID#ppmsca-08541. Prints & Photographs Division (21)

Whitman and the Civil War

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