Walt Whitman’s America by David S. Reynolds audiobook

Walt Whitman’s America: A Cultural Biography

By David S. Reynolds
Read by John Lescault

Blackstone Publishing 9780679767091
28.79 Hours Unabridged
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In his poetry Walt Whitman set out to encompass all of America and in so doing heal its deepening divisions. This magisterial biography demonstrates the epic scale of his achievement, as well as the dreams and anxieties that impelled it, for it places the poet securely within the political and cultural context of his age. Combing through the full range of Whitman’s writing, David Reynolds shows how Whitman gathered inspiration from every stratum of nineteenth-century American life: the convulsions of slavery and depression; the raffish dandyism of the Bowery “b’hoys”; the exuberant rhetoric of actors, orators, and divines. We see how Whitman reconciled his own sexuality with contemporary social mores and how his energetic courtship of the public presaged the vogues of advertising and celebrity. Brilliantly researched, captivatingly told, Walt Whitman’s America is a triumphant work of scholarship that breathes new life into the biographical genre.

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Summary

In his poetry Walt Whitman set out to encompass all of America and in so doing heal its deepening divisions. This magisterial biography demonstrates the epic scale of his achievement, as well as the dreams and anxieties that impelled it, for it places the poet securely within the political and cultural context of his age.

Combing through the full range of Whitman’s writing, David Reynolds shows how Whitman gathered inspiration from every stratum of nineteenth-century American life: the convulsions of slavery and depression; the raffish dandyism of the Bowery “b’hoys”; the exuberant rhetoric of actors, orators, and divines. We see how Whitman reconciled his own sexuality with contemporary social mores and how his energetic courtship of the public presaged the vogues of advertising and celebrity. Brilliantly researched, captivatingly told, Walt Whitman’s America is a triumphant work of scholarship that breathes new life into the biographical genre.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“David S. Reynolds is a brilliant writer and historian of unusually broad scope. He is a profound scholar, combining history and literary criticism to examine our country on all levels, all the while writing fluidly so that his books are a joy to read. I like everything about Reynolds’ writing. Try one of his books and see what you think.” Ann Rice, bestselling author of the Vampire Chronicles
“Reynolds splendidly examines the culture that formed the greatest American poet and the great American poem.” Time
“Reynolds has given us one of the best portraits of our best poet…He is brilliant in finding so many new contexts for Leaves of Grass. A refreshing and welcome addition to Whitman scholarship.” Jerome Loving, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review
“Not only the best book on Whitman in over a generation, but also one of the most valuable studies in American cultural history of the last decade.” Charles Capper, Reviews in American History
“Remarkably informative…I marked on page after page things about Whitman and his America I never knew before.” New York Times Book Review

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Author Bio: David S. Reynolds

Author Bio: David S. Reynolds

David S. Reynolds is a Distinguished Professor of English and American studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of John Brown, Abolitionist, and Walt Whitman’s America, among others. He is the winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Ambassador Book Award, the Christian Gauss Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 28.79
Audience: Adult
Language: English