Bless you... what a great site...Walt is our Dante
Thanks for the care for his legacy.
I am visiting this page for the first time today and am both amazed and delighted at the resources you have worked so diligently to cull for those of us who would peruse them. I am an undergraduate of English Literature at Framingham State College (senior year) currently and am planning to go for my MFA in poetry and then my PhD when I graduate. I am simply wondering how one finds this type of work/study and if it would be possible for you to send me information on your project. I am a poet (published only at my college thus far) and believe that this type of work is not only of the utmost importance but also gives the greatest reward to those of us interested in the preservation of the art of the word. If there is anything I can do to help with your project please let me know. I realize that you have more "studied" scholars than myself all around you but you would be hard pressed to find one more passionate and in love with the lives of poets. I want to commend you on putting together an excellent resource and beautiful web site. It is plain that you love your work and Whitman greatly.
Sincerely and with gratitude,
Christine R. Baer
Dear Staff of the Whitman Archive,
Thanks! What more can be said? I was searching the web for "Song Of Myself"
When I discovered your place. I was looking for the verses
"You shall no longer take things at second or third hand..." For this is
how I want
my students to learn. I teach English at St. Charles Catholic HS in
LaPlace , Louisiana (just outside New Orleans.
I found your site and am forever indebted.
What an absolutely wonderful web site!
My name is Stan Zoller, and after 20+ years in the "work world," so to speak, I started teaching Freshman English. As a part of my masters program, I took a course, "Whitman and Gender." It was my first intense look at Whitman and I found him (and still do...) extremely captivating. At the urging of my professor, I developed an abstract from a paper I wrote for class and submitted it. The paper, "Walt Whitman on the Presidency: An Unimpeachable Source?" was accepted for a research conference at Purdue University -- Calument last spring.
I found your site while trying to find Whitman posters for my classroom (know of any sources? Let me know!). I plan on using this site extensively for my class and own personal information.
I will finish my masters this spring. In addition to teaching high school English, I am hoping to teach American Literature (ideally Whitman) at the junior college level.
I would like to know additional information about Ed Folsom's Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.
Again, two thumbs up for a fabulous web site.
17 Sept 1999
What a fantastic and complete HP on Whitman! This page has served as a wonderful resource for myself, as a student and future English teacher, and for my students.
I found this page by just searching the internet. It was the first page I found and the last one I needed. Thanks!
13 Jan 1999
Thank you so much for putting more than one edition of LEAVES OF GRASS on your site. Not only does it allow me to find poems in various versions, but often I can see the actual page on which it was printed in Whitman's time. I doubt there is any other way I would ever see the actual books or their pages.
I've been reading Whitman's work.... and books about it.... for years, but I'm not a Whitman scholar. As a poet, I'm fascinated with Walt's use of language, though I do not write in a style that is "Whitmanian".
Brian Powers, Madison WI
10 Jan 1999
The English I speak is not enough to say how emotioned I`m, in finding this HP. I am book publisher and we are trying publishing W Whitman for the first time in Brazil. Our intention was translate Leaves of Grass honestly. The translater is the only one able we have in Brazil, Mr. Alexandre Srgio da Rocha. Mr. Alexandre lives in Washington, DC. The result is soberb.
We are a small Publisher but with courage and competence to dare.
Corpo da Letra Editora
Maria da Penha vieira
Whitman Archive Staff,
I just had to tell you that I am very impressed with both the organization and content of the Walt Whitman Hypertext Archive. This represents the kind of quality information that the Internet can distribute. Thank you for your hard work.
Terri L. Holtze
University of Louisville
23 March 1998
To the Archive Staff:
I have just discovered the Archive and congratulate all of you on an outstanding accomplishment! I already have plans to make use of some of the materials in my American Literature courses. The design of your web site is fantastic, and I'm sure to return to these pages again and again for ever-new looks at Whitman and his times.
I would like to encourage you to add, in your section of classroom activities, a unit on Whitman and homosexuality. Now that so much excellent scholarship has been written about the homoerotic aspects of Whitman's poetry, and on 19th-century constructions of sexuality in general, it seems vital to have such a unit in your collection. Are there currently any plans to create one? Whitman has so long been a popular gay and lesbian icon that undergraduates often have little trouble broaching the topic of homesexuality in relation to his work. Consequently, I would love to see you add some materials on (homo)sexuality added to your site.
This would provide a great oppurtunity to for those who study the history of sexuality to use the beautiful set of materials you have compiled here.
Duke Univeristy, Department of English
5 March 1998
Thank you guys. You're doing a great job! Here in Ukraine where there's
no access to Western
publications, your page was a source of fresh water! Old Soviet criticism hugely distorted Whitman's
image, so thanks for helping me learn who Whitman in fact was.
All the best wishes and all the success in your endeavours,
The following message was posted to the H-AMSTY listserver on 3 March 1998
Here's a possible item of interest:
On-Line Whitman Archive Sings With Works of the Poet, Making the 'Body Electric'
WALT WHITMAN imagined himself to be everywhere. Now, in countless digital
bits, he is indeed. A team of American-literature scholars has developed
the Walt Whitman Hypertext Archive, which contains almost all of
Whitman's poetry, facsimiles of manuscripts, galleries of photographs, and more.
In today's Web edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, you can find the first on-line recording of what is thought to be Whitman's voice:
Thanks for your consideration.
Deputy Managing Editor
The Chronicle of Higher Education
I just finished looking over your site and want to thank you for doing it.
It is obviously a work of love and was done with beautifully.
I am a semi-recent grad with a degree in Film, Literary and Cultural
studies from a Southeastern New Hampshire
college called Keene State and I am an extreme admirer of Whitman as well. I appreciate the pages you and
your collegues have made, they are wonderful. The only suggestion I had was a minor one, sorry to add my two
cents, but who know, it could help a smidge. I was wondering if you had experimented with any other fonts for
the text of Whitman's writing. The typeface on Song of Myself is quite hard on the eyes and seems to take away
from the beauty of his words, not help them flow forth. I realize that this may not seem important, but it
was the first thing that I thought of when I read it, not the words. Also you might want to try and brin the download
times down a smidge, try using Indexed Color mode for your images rather than RGB and you should see a
sizable size reduction resulting in quick page access. Well, hope some of this may have a touch of relevance,
perhaps even help.
Hope you only take this letter as a compliment and a bit of constructive
assistance from a brethren Whitman admirer,
not a thing more. Again, A+ on the pages, thanx for furthering the works of a touched man.
graphic artist by day
aspiring artist by night
Please accept my thanks for your work on the Whitman archive. I just discovered it today and I am certain that it will provide many hours of education and fun.
I discovered Walt Whitman in my first year of college, back in 1974.
I find his writing a compass for the vagaries of
my life. Your merging technology and Whitman would have brought him much joy.
My name is Robin Frazier. I reside in New Orleans, Louisiana,
USA. I have been exploring your page for some
time now. I am quite impressed.
I applaud your efforts with this well designed resource!
Much as I admire your site, I find it most user-unfriendly that when
I have my Images option off, the introductory
pages force me to put the Images option on, since otherwise the pages are *unreadable*. I also dislike the fact that
when you click a thumbnail, first it takes a while to load an image, and then you have to click again to be linked to a following page.
I would recommend a text or text-also version of especially
Leiden University Library
WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS OF ADVANCED PLACEMENT OR HONORS ENGLISH, THE WALT WHITMAN HYPERTEXT ARCHIVE
On April 22, 1997, Dr. Ken Price from the College of William & Mary conducted a workshop in the Library, Reno High School. Each high school had previously designated two teachers of Advanced Placement or Honors English courses to attend the workshop.
Dr. Price presented a basic overview of the Archive, provided teachers with an understanding of how to find the teacher-assistance portions of the Archive, and then led a computer lab so that hands-on experience could be provided. For a number of these teachers, this workshop provided their first encounter with the Internet and represented their first experience with the wealth of literary information available through this resource.
Dr. Price also solicited teacher evaluation of and response to the teacher-assistance portions of the Archive. He invited teachers to participate in the further generation of the Archive by submitting their own writing topics or activities. Two of our high schools, McQueen and Reno, will be specifically providing student responses and evalutions as AP classes are involved with the use of the Archive. It is Dr. Price's goal to shape the remaining portions of the Archive so that it is as student-user-friendly as possible, for both high school and college/university students.
Dr. Price has opened the door-or, more appropriately, turned on the PC power switch--for our teachers or AP and Honors English as they move toward the enhancement of their own technological competence and as they acquire the tools to move students toward more productive, more educationally focused use of the Internet.
Dr. Price has agreed to return to our district in early October to conduct a workshop which will involve the district's teachers of AP and Honors (at the junior level) English and AP and Honors (at the junior level) American History, perhaps focusing upon an important period of American history which is common to both courses. For example, the Civil War or the Vietnam era and accompanying Internet resources for both literature and history might become the vehicle for this workshop. Dr. Price will be working with several teachers, high school assistant principals/curriculum, and Testing Services to decide upon the most effective use of the time he can spend with us.
As with the morning workshop, teacher response was extremely positive. The following are quoted comments received directly from teachers who attended the workshop:This technology brings poetry to life. Sometimes even my AP students have difficulty accepting that writing is a difficult process that must be learned. To be able to see and study the various manuscripts and the careful editing actually done by famous writers is amazing. This is a wonderful opportunity for my students.
The workshop showed me the potential of the web in helping students gather helpful material in the analysis and appreciation of literature.
I enjoyed the workshop, if for no other reason that it gave me much needed exposure to someone passionate about a great writer. It good to know those websites are out there and to share them with our students.
25 Apr 97
I am very interested in your Whitman project. I have explored your home page, and the offerings are terrific. As Julia may have told you, I will be teaching high school English and serving as a dean for Cincinnati Country Day School next year. As a private school, we have the latitude to create/incorporate curriculum as we see fit. Currently, we are engaged in a "Learning with Laptops" program with Microsoft and Toshiba. We are one of 25 schools in the nation selected last March, 1996, for this endeavor. I was hired by CCDS to chronicle our laptop experience. Bottom line--every student in grades 5-12 has a laptop for his own use. Students and faculty ( 600!) have had their laptops since the end of September, 1996; we have had Internet access in all classrooms--in fact, throughout the school-- since January. Naturally, we are most interested in exciting curriculum that we can incorporate. Your archive is fascinating. I look forward to communicating with you about this. We have a dynamic faculty--I'm sure there would be interest in serving as a "test site" for you in some capacity. I think this would be a valuable opportunity for all of us. I look forward to hearing from you.
24 Mar 1997
Ed et al;
Let me introduce myself... I am Marc Strassburg, Bob Strassburg's son. I have helped both my father and son (Justin) with our Whitman Home page (somewhat neglected of late, due to Justin's academic schedule).
I have just reviewed your excellent Walt Whitman Hypertext Archive, and when I am at my father's I will put it on his bookmark, and I am sure that he will be as impressed as I was.
I am hopeful that your homepage will become ---one day -- a standard supplementary teaching aid in schools throughout the Country, (God knows we need something in our schools to give students a sense of history and direction.) I will be adding your link to our Home Page and to my UCLA Epidemiology page (for my students). I am teaching a class on Information Interconnectivity at UCLA this quarter.
Keep up the good word(k), and I look forward to further additions to your page.
All the best.
15 Mar 1997
I am much impressed with your site, keep on the important work! I am planning a site that will promote the laymen study of our classic literary treasures. At the right time, I might like to use a few of Whitmans poems in this project and I am wondering - are there any copyright restrictions on using this material? Your reply will be much appreciated.
Noam, from Israel
03 Mar 1997
Your website is excellent and useful for beginning students, as well as teachers. It has eye appeal and should be a good resource as it continues to be developed.
I have been teaching Whitman's poetry for years and have published a few things from time to time. I am also learning to do things on the web. My gardening homepage is available at http://www.agnr.umd.edu/users/mg
If you have any need for assistance in your venture that you think I could offer, please let me know.
Peter Van Egmond
Associate Professor of English
University of Maryland, College Park
30 Jan 1997
My name is Lori Beth Sack and I am a 2nd year Literature major. I came upon your site during a search for additional information regarding an assignment on Walt Whitman. I felt compelled to e-mail this message to you. I was so thankful to see part of your site was dedicated to education. I have tried to find information on various other authors and only came upon reviews/essays that exceeded my current education on the subject of Literature. Your site was extremely helpful and I felt quite comfortable browsing the "Classroom" section. I read a note indicating the classroom portion was yet unfinished, I would like to get additional information regarding it though. Would I be able to access it in its entirety once it is finished or would I have to be enrolled in a class? I would truly appreciate your response. I can't tell you how thankful I am to have found a page that is so user-friendly to a student of Literature.
Thank you again,
Lori B. Sack
27 Jun 1999
You guys have created an exquisite web site from many standpoints. The opening page design is extremely aesthetically appealing but also highly functional. I stumbled across your site due to a slow-going American poetry web page & pathfinder series/ project our staff is working on. Incidentally, I am an automation support coordinator with the Charlotte Public Library system (PLCMC in NC) and have visited tens of thousands of sites, perhaps more. Yours is among the best designed en toto! Bravo!
Be well & keep it up. any updates this year?