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With Walt Whitman in Camden, Volume 9

Chapman, Jeanne, MacIsaac, Robert

Editore: WL Bentley Rare Books, 1996
ISBN 10: 0965341593 / ISBN 13: 9780965341592
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Titolo: With Walt Whitman in Camden, Volume 9

Casa editrice: WL Bentley Rare Books

Data di pubblicazione: 1996

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Riassunto: In 1888, Horace L. Traubel, a young political radical and aspiring writer in Camden, New Jersey, began systematically recording his daily conversations with his friend, Walt Whitman. He continued for four years, until Whitman's death in 1892, amassing a lovingly detailed record whose accuracy, fidelity, and immediacy remain unsurpassed in the history of biography. With Walt Whitman in Camden is a virtual transcript of the daily conversations between Whitman and Traubel, describing Whitman's thoughts and opinions, the arrivals and departures of visitors from all over the world, articles and letters he received and wrote, and hundreds of details of his life on Mickle Street in Camden. Traubel published the first three volumes before his death in 1919; the remaining volumes have appeared, one by one, at widely separated intervals. The publication of Volumes 8 & 9 marks the long-awaited completion of "the most truthful biography in the language."

Dall'editore: The publication of Volumes 8 & 9 of the series puts the last eyewitness account of Whitman into print. With Walt Whitman in Camden is a daily record of the last years of the poet's life, as chronicled by his friend and literary executor Horace Traubel. The series, which has been called "the most truthful biography in the language," is perhaps the largest body of primary material on any major writer ever assembled.

Traubel's notes, stored in archival boxes at the Library of Congress, have never been accessible to the public at large, although they have been consulted by scholars. His difficult script--a crabbed, "modified longhand" often written in the semi-darkness of Whitman's room--has defeated all but the most persistent researchers, and so the complete story of Whitman's death is unknown outside academic circles. "Anyone familiar with the environment of 20th-century literary scholarship will share my astonishment that such a large body of primary source material about America's greatest poet remained unpublished for so long," says Jeanne Chapman, co-editor with Robert MacIsaac of the final three volumes.

In their effort to publish With Walt Whitman in Camden, Chapman and MacIsaac were continuing the work of a series of dedicated editors and publishers who had earlier attempted the same task. Traubel succeeded in having only three volumes of the record published before his death in 1919; Anne Montgomerie Traubel, his widow, and his daughter Gertrude Traubel brought out the subsequent two volumes in 1953 (together with Sculley Bradley) and in 1964; and Whitman scholar William White worked with Gertrude Traubel to produce the sixth volume in 1982. Chapman and MacIsaac then began working on the materials for Volume 7, which was published in 1992 by Southern Illinois University Press. "It is perhaps only in this record of his last days that we begin to appreciate the profoundness of Whitman's spiritual understanding and the severe physical and emotional trials he was daily called upon to endure," writes co-editor MacIsaac.

The publication of these final volumes of the With Walt Whitman in Camden series puts into print the entire body of Whitman's life and work. The conversations contain thoughts, opinions, and striking observations not duplicated in any of his other writings. Volume 9 also includes an 11-page biographical sketch of Traubel, a writer, editor, and political activist, written by Whitman scholar Ed Folsom.

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