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May Literary Birthdays


WALT WHITMAN
May 31, 1819 - March 26, 1892

Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. Proclaimed the "greatest of all American poets" by many foreign observers a mere four years after his death, he is viewed as the first urban poet. He was a part of the transition between Trancendentalism and Realism, incorporating both views in his works. His work has been described as a "rude shock" and "the most audacious and debatable contribution yet made to American literature."

Some of his works:
Drum Taps
Good-Bye, My Fancy
Leaves of Grass
Complete Prose Works
Democratic Vistas
Memoranda During the War
Specimen Days and Collect

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