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Whitman's Life


This biography of Walt Whitman, written especially for The Walt Whitman Archive by Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, contains links to hundreds of articles from Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia that offer a broad context for understanding the main narrative of Whitman’s life offered here.


This handy chronology of important dates and events in Whitman’s life was prepared by William A. Pannapacker and originally appeared in J. R. McMaster and Donald D. Kummings, eds., Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia (New York: Garland, 1998).

With Walt Whitman in Camden, by Horace Traubel

With Walt Whitman in Camden is a nine-volume record of Horace Traubel's almost-daily conversations with Whitman and visitors to his Camden, New Jersey, home from 1888 to the poet's death in 1892. Our searchable digital edition reproduces its wealth of information in the form of letters, images, descriptions, and transcribed conversations and manuscripts.

Interviews and Reminiscences

In this section we present written accounts of meetings with Whitman. Most of these were first published in newspapers, magazines, or books during Whitman's lifetime, although some of them appeared later.

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