By Joann P. Krieg
All Whitman students have encountered the disappointment of attempting to tune down an occasion in Whitman's life—the final time he observed Peter Doyle, while he moved to his own residence on Mickle highway in Camden, while he met Oscar Wilde. The files of those occasions in Whitman's lengthy lifestyles are buried in seven volumes of his ample correspondence, in 9 volumes of his conversations with Horace Traubel, in 9 volumes of his notebooks and manuscripts, and in numerous writings produced by way of his acquaintances and admirers. to satisfy a long-felt desire for order between this embarrassment of riches, Joann Krieg has crafted this targeted chronology of Whitman's lifestyles. A Whitman Chronology clarifies the proof of Whitman's existence through delivering a year-by-year and, the place attainable, daily account of his deepest and public lifestyles. the place conflicting interpretations exist, Krieg acknowledges them and cites the diversities; she additionally directs readers to fuller descriptions of noteworthy occasions. She bargains short synopses of Whitman's fiction and of his significant prose works, giving distinguishing information regarding all of the six variations of Leaves of Grass. by way of intertwining the occasions of his lifestyles and work—but with out bulky layers of speculation—she unearths the shut alliance among Whitman's own involvements and his literary achievements.
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We must. (Brasher, 104) In his notebook Whitman writes a kind of prose poetry far different from the poems he is publishing. He begins to assumethe “I” persona of the later Leaves of Grass, to expand individual views to include attitudes of both slaves and masters, and to become the kind of “American bard” he will later describe (Reynolds, 119). IN THIS YEAR. Whitman loses his position editor as of the Brook- [yn Eagle. 17 FEBRUARY. The Eagle responds to the gloating of the Brooklyn Advertiser, with whom Whitman has feuded as editor of the Eagle: It is true, as yousay, We sent Whitmanaway, But that is a private affair; But since you have spoken Know bythis token, You have no wit, man, to spare.
Walter publishes an essay on “Art-Music and Heart-Music” in theBroadway Journal, whose editor is Edgar Allan Poe. Whitman later remembers having met Poe in his office at the Journal: “Poe was very cordial, in a quiet way, appear’d well in person, dress, etc. I have a distinct and pleasing remembrance” (YW, 29 NOVEMBER. 1 :17). “SomeFact-Romances,”acollection of five stories based on what their authorclaims as fact, is published in theAristidean. One of these romances concerns “an aged black woman” in New York City who undertakes to raise $200,which will allow her to placein a private asylum a child of the streets, a deafgirl.
IN THE SAME MONTH. Whitman loses his placeat the Tattler, probably because of a personal disagreement with its owner. 23 NOVEMBER. Franklin Evans, or the Inebriate is published in a special issueof the New World. A temperance novel written at the suggestion of Park Benjamin, thework is very popular and sells well. Late in life Whitman ridicules the book and claims he wrote it for the money (WWC, 1:93). The book isrepublished by the New World in 1843 as Franklin Evans; or the Merchant’s Clerk A Tale of the Times.