Walt Whitman: A Gay Life [Gary Schmidgall] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A revealing biography of the renowned American poet explores the relationships Whitman had with his Cited by: 13. Life and work Early life. Walter Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, Town of Huntington, Long Island, to parents with interests in Quaker thought, Walter (1789–1855) and Louisa Van Velsor Whitman (1795–1873). The second of nine children, he was immediately nicknamed "Walt" to distinguish him from his father. Walter Whitman Sr. named three of his seven sons after American Born: Walter Whitman, May 31, 1819, West Hills, New .
More than 100 years after his death, the exuberantly gay -- in all senses of the word -- Walt Whitman finally has a biographer who puts the poet's homosexuality where the poet himself placed it. Gay interpretations outraged traditional Whitman scholars; they excoriated Robert K. Martin, whose Homosexual Tradition in American Poetry (1979, 1998) declared, ‘Whitman intended his work to communicate his homosexuality to his readers.’ Good evidence supports the view that Whitman was an urban sophisticate.
Nov 22, 2017 · Walt Whitman never publicly addressed his sexual orientation in his poems, essays or lectures. He lived from 1819 to 1892, a time when “gay” meant little more than “happy.” Biographical Author: Teo Armus. Sep 04, 2019 · Early life. Walt Whitman was born into a family that settled in North America in the first half of the 17th century. His ancestry was typical of the region: his mother, Louisa Van Velsor, was Dutch, and his father, Walter Whitman, was of English descent.
Walt Whitman: A Gay Life is the first biography to illuminate the vital connection between Whitman's life as a homosexual and his legacy as a landmark literary artist." "Here is the story of his encounter with the young Oscar Wilde, one of the most intriguing meetings of minds in literary history. Gay and Lesbian Wedding Poems. Love poetry to read at a lesbian or gay wedding. Read More. O Life! By Walt Whitman About this Poet Walt Whitman is America’s world poet—a latter-day successor to Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare. In Leaves of Grass (1855, 1891-2), he celebrated democracy, nature, love, and friendship. This monumental.