Walt Whitman Biography
Died At Age: 72
Sun Sign: Gemini
Born in: West Hills, New York
Famous as: Poet & humanist
father: Walter Whitman
mother: Louisa Van Velsor Whitman
place of death: Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
Diseases & Disabilities: Depression
U.S. State: New Yorkers
Walter Whitman was an American poet, journalist and humanist. The poet is mainly known for his approach to Transcendentalism and realism and mastery in free verses, which would mirror in his works. Among his most famous works, is his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was also his first significant work as a poet. The collection was first published in 1855 and since then, he kept it revising and expanding until his death. The poetry was initially labeled and banned for its obscenity though it later gained popularity and has been translated into a number of foreign languages. Whitman was also a teacher and a government clerk before taking on writing and worked as a nurse during the American Civil War. Though he opposed the slavery system in America and wrote poetries moved by their sufferings, he did not participate in the abolitionary movement at any point in his life. The poet died in 1892, at age seventy two.
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As early as in 1873, Whitman suffered from a paralytic stroke. His mother, whom he had been unusually close, passed away in the same year. Depressed and broken, Whitman moved to New Jersey to be with his brother George and lived there until he found a home in 1884. Meanwhile, Whitman released more editions of Leaves of Grass, publishing in 1876, 1881 and 1889. He produced a further edition of the book, which was to be its last, in 1891. During this period, he became obsessed with the frequent thoughts of death, and often wrote of his pain and suffering his notebook. He also bought a mausoleum shaped house in his last days. Walt Whitman died on 26 March 1892 of bronchial pneumonia. A grand funeral was held and his body was buried in his tomb at Harleigh Cemetry, where remain of his parents and brothers were moved with him.
WALT WHITMAN TIMELINE
Walt Whitman was born on 31 May.
He became editor of the Brooklyn Eagle.
First edition of Leaves of Grass was published in 1855.
Whitman's father Walt died.
The second edition of it was published.
He joined the Brooklyn's Daily Times.
He left New York for good and moved to Washington.
The Great Army of the Sick was published.
Whitman's brother George was taken into custody by the Confederates in Virginia.
Whitman received a government job in the Bureau of the Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior.
George was released.
O'Connor published a biographical study of Whitman called The Good Gray Poet.
Poems of Walt Whitman was published in England.
Whitman suffered from a paralytic stroke.
Walt Whitman died on 26 March.
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