Selected Criticism

This section of the Archive offers a selection of current criticism and historical commentary. In addition to several essays reprinted with permission, we feature more than 20 full-length books. Kenneth M. Price and Ed Folsom have been successful in retaining electronic rights to their volumes published by the University of North Carolina Press and Blackwell Publishing. They have also secured permission from the University of Iowa Press to put online most volumes from the Whitman series directed by Folsom. Back issues of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review are also available in full text via our searchable bibliography, and 80 entries from Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia are available here.

We encourage scholars in the future to negotiate with their publishers about retaining electronic rights to their work (or at least electronic rights jointly held by the writer and by the journal or press). It is our hope that this section of the Archive will grow significantly as we secure copyright releases to more works of criticism. We strongly urge scholars to retain electronic rights by filling out a SPARC addendum to contracts, allowing for the retention of electronic rights. The well-worded addendum that can be attached to contracts is at


  • Allen, Gay Wilson, and Ed Folsom, ed., Walt Whitman & the World. PDF
  • Asselineau, Roger, The Evolution of Walt Whitman: An Expanded Edition. PDF
  • Belasco, Susan, Ed Folsom, and Kenneth M. Price, ed., Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays. PDF
  • Folsom, Ed, Whitman Making Books/Books Making Whitman. HTML
  • Folsom, Ed, and Kenneth M. Price, Re-Scripting Walt Whitman. HTML
  • Folsom, Ed, ed., Walt Whitman: The Centennial Essays. PDF
  • Folsom, Ed, ed., Whitman East & West: New Contexts for Reading Walt Whitman. PDF
  • Grünzweig, Walter, Constructing the German Walt Whitman. PDF
  • Killingsworth, M. Jimmie, Walt Whitman and the Earth: A Study in Ecopoetics. HTML PDF
  • Krieg, Joann P., Walt Whitman & the Irish. HTML PDF
  • Krieg, Joann P., A Whitman Chronology. PDF
  • Lawson, Andrew, Walt Whitman & the Class Struggle. PDF
  • Mack, Stephen John, The Pragmatic Whitman. HTML PDF
  • Martin, Robert K., ed., The Continuing Presence of Walt Whitman: The Life after the Life. PDF
  • Miller, Edwin Haviland, Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself": A Mosaic of Interpretations. PDF
  • Myerson, Joel, ed., Whitman in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Memoirs, and Interviews by Friends and Associates. PDF
  • Price, Kenneth M., To Walt Whitman, America. HTML
  • Schmidgall, Gary, ed., Intimate with Walt: Selections from Whitman's Conversations with Horace Traubel, 1888–1892. PDF
  • Schmidgall, Gary, ed., Conserving Walt Whitman's Fame: Selections from Horace Traubel's Conservator, 1890–1919. PDF
  • Thomas, M. Wynn, Transatlantic Connections: Whitman U.S. / Whitman U.K. PDF
  • Whitman, Walt, The Correspondence, vol. 7, ed. Ted Genoways. PDF
  • Whitman, Walt, Selected Letters of Walt Whitman, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller. PDF


  • Helms, Alan, "Whitman's 'Live Oak with Moss'." HTML
  • Helms, Alan, and Hershel Parker, "Commentary." HTML
  • Jewell, Andrew, and Kenneth M. Price, "Twentieth-Century Mass Media Appearances." HTML
  • Murray, Martin G., "Pete the Great: A Biography of Peter Doyle." HTML
  • Murray, Martin G., "Traveling with the Wounded: Walt Whitman and Washington's Civil War Hospitals." HTML
  • Nelson, Robert K., and Kenneth M. Price, "Debating Manliness: Thomas Wentworth Higginson, William Sloane Kennedy, and the Question of Whitman." HTML
  • Parker, Hershel, "The Real 'Live Oak, with Moss': Straight Talk about Whitman's 'Gay Manifesto'." HTML
  • Price, Kenneth M., "Love, War, and Revision in Whitman's Blue Book." PDF
  • Santayana, George, "Walt Whitman: A Dialogue." HTML


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