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The Resource The better angel : Walt Whitman in the Civil War, Roy Morris, Jr

The better angel : Walt Whitman in the Civil War, Roy Morris, Jr

Label
The better angel : Walt Whitman in the Civil War
Title
The better angel
Title remainder
Walt Whitman in the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Roy Morris, Jr
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Of the Civil War's many stories of heroism, few are so unlikely, or so moving, as that of Walt Whitman. For nearly three years, Whitman tended to legions of sick and wounded soldiers, immersing himself in the devastation of the war and recording his experience with an immediacy and compassion unequaled in wartime literature anywhere in the world." "In The Better Angel, acclaimed biographer Roy Morris, Jr. gives us the fullest account yet published of Whitman's Civil War years, which transformed him both as a poet and as a person. As the war began, Whitman was mired in depression, subsisting on journalistic hackwork and wasting his nights in New York's seedy bohemian underground. But when the news came that his brother George had been wounded at Fredricksburg, Whitman rushed south to find him. Though his brother's injury was slight, the poet was deeply affected by his first view of the war's casualties. He began visiting the camp's wounded and, almost by accident, found his calling for the duration of the war." "The wounded, he wrote, 'opened a new world for me... bursting the petty bonds of art.' He visited them daily, bringing gifts of ice cream, tobacco, or books; wrote letters for them; and offered to all the healing influence of his sympathy and affection. Indeed, several soldiers later said that Whitman had saved their lives. But if Whitman gave much to the soldiers, they in turn gave much to him. In witnessing their stoic suffering, in listening to their understated speech, and in being always in the presence of death, Whitman evolved the new and more direct poetic style that culminated in his masterpiece, 'When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd.'"--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Morris, Roy
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3232
LC item number
.M67 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Whitman, Walt
  • United States
  • Poets, American
  • Poetry as Topic
  • Literature, Modern
  • War
Label
The better angel : Walt Whitman in the Civil War, Roy Morris, Jr
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-262) and index
Contents
The Medicine of Daily Affection -- New York Stagnation -- A Sight in Camp -- The Great Army of the Sick -- The Real Precious & Royal Ones of This Land -- The Melancholy Tide -- Retrievements Out of the Night -- Lose Not My Sons
Control code
ocm43207497
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
ix, 270 p.
Isbn
9780195124828
Lccn
99086210
System control number
(OCoLC)43207497
Label
The better angel : Walt Whitman in the Civil War, Roy Morris, Jr
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-262) and index
Contents
The Medicine of Daily Affection -- New York Stagnation -- A Sight in Camp -- The Great Army of the Sick -- The Real Precious & Royal Ones of This Land -- The Melancholy Tide -- Retrievements Out of the Night -- Lose Not My Sons
Control code
ocm43207497
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
ix, 270 p.
Isbn
9780195124828
Lccn
99086210
System control number
(OCoLC)43207497

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