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BY

RICHARD MAURICE BUCKE, M. D.

Author of “ Man's MORAL NATURE.”

PUBLISHED BY
DAVID MCKAY, 23 South Ninth STREET

PHILADELPHIA

1883

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Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1883, by WILLIAM D.

O'CONNOR, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Wash. ington,

CONTENTS.

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INTRODUCTION, . .
Chronological Forecast of W. W.'s Life, and the Successive Publi.

cations of Leaves of Grass, . . . . . .

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PART I.

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Chapter 1.-BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH.
Excerpt from W. W.-Personal History of Authors,
List of the Whitman Family,
Remote Ancestry of W. W., . . .
On the Mother's Side, . . . . . .
Immediate Ancestry, . . .
Hollandic Elements, . .
Brooklyn and New York Training,
A Happy and Free Life, 1835–45,
1847-'49—Jaunt to Louisiana, ..
1850 to 1855, . . . . .
Letter from Helen Price, . .
Letter from Thomas Gere, .
The Secession Outbreak.--First Fredericksburg,
War's Darkest Times, . . .
Letter from John Swinton, . .
Letter from G. S. McWatters, ..
Letter by W. W., from Washington, i
An Occurrence in 1865, .
Pen-Portraits of W. W.-1864-'72, . . .
A Paralytic Stroke, . . . . . .
Illness of 1873-'4-5, . . . . . .

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Chapter 11.-THE POET IN 1880.PERSONNEL, Etc.
Face.-Senses.-Physique, . . . . . . . . 49
Dress.-Ideal of Life.—Temper, . . . . . . . . 51
Singing.--Reciting Poetry, . . . . . . . . 53
His Fondness for Children, . ..
After the Rest, a Repellent Side, . . . . . . . 57

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Chapter 1.-HISTORY OF LEAVES OF GRASS.
The Successive Editions, from 1855 to 1882, . .
The Attempted Official Suppression, . . . .
Completed Works, 1882-'83, . . . . .

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Chapter II.-ANALYSIS OF POEMS, Etc.
His Poetic and Prose Lessons, . . . .

His Rhythmic Interior, . . . . .
_His Central Poem. . . . . . .
Backgrounds of Meaning, . .
The Theme of Sexuality, .
J. B. Marvin's Criticism, . .
A Manly Friendship, Sane, Heroic, Passionate, .
W. W.'s Self-Drawn Portrait, 1860, . . .
Emotional Element of “ Drum-Taps," .
“ Prayer of Columbus," . . . . .

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Chapter 111.-ANALYSIS OF POEMS, Continued.
Difficulty of Understanding L. of G., . . . . . . 175-176
The Poems “ A Picture of the World as Seen from the Stand-

point of the Highest Moral Elevation,” . . . . 178
The herald of a New Religious Era, . .
“ The Bible of Democracy,” . . . . . . . 185
Exalt the Commonest Life, . . . . . . 187
A Thought, Reading the Biblic Poems, . . . . . 189

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