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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

May 31st, 2002

American ur-poet Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass, 1855-92) is born in West Hills, Long Island, in 1819.

Walt Whitman, b. May 31, 1819, d. 1892

whitman18601.jpgWhitman is quite simply a giant of literature, the creator of modern poetry. He published nine versions of Leaves of Grass during his life, each different in content from the others, and declared the 1881 edition the definitive one, with the following editions only adding material. When he died he was one of the most famous poets in America and England, but a good deal of his reputation rested on the refusal of a publisher to print some of Whitman’s more explicitly sexual poems. In his candor and grandeur, he has influenced almost every poet who has followed him.

Sugggested Reading Poetry Leaves of Grass, 1855-1892. Drum-Taps, 1865. Passage to India, 1871. Prose Democratic Vistas, 1871. Memoranda During the War, 1875-1876. Specimen Days and Collect, 1882-1883. Complete Prose Works, 1892.

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