24 Facts About Walt Whitman

1. Walt Whitman was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2009, and, in 2013, he was inducted into the Legacy Walk, an outdoor public display that celebrates LGBT history and people.

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2. Walt Whitman influenced Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, and was the model for the character of Dracula.

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3. Walt Whitman could not even reconcile such contradictions in his own psyche.

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4. Walt Whitman is often described as America's national poet, creating an image of America for itself.

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5. Walt Whitman opposed the extension of slavery in the United States and supported the Wilmot Proviso.

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6. Walt Whitman was an adherent of the Shakespeare authorship question, refusing to believe in the historical attribution of the works to William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon.

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7. Walt Whitman gave Stafford a ring, which was returned and re-given over the course of a stormy relationship lasting several years.

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8. Walt Whitman had intense friendships with many men and boys throughout his life.

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9. Walt Whitman wrote the novel at the height of popularity of the Washingtonian movement though the movement itself was plagued with contradictions, as was Franklin Evans.

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10. Walt Whitman was a vocal proponent of temperance and in his youth rarely drank alcohol.

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11. Walt Whitman wrote in the preface to the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, "The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.

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12. Walt Whitman was last fully physically active in this house, receiving both Oscar Wilde and Thomas Eakins.

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13. Walt Whitman traveled and was invited to Dartmouth College to give the commencement address on June 26, 1872.

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14. Walt Whitman began the new appointment on January 24, 1865, with a yearly salary of $1,200.

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15. Walt Whitman paid for the publication of the first edition of Leaves of Grass himself and had it printed at a local print shop during their breaks from commercial jobs.

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16. Walt Whitman was a delegate to the 1848 founding convention of the Free Soil Party, which was concerned about the threat slavery would pose to free white labor and northern businessmen moving into the newly colonised western territories.

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17. Walt Whitman lost his position at the Brooklyn Eagle in 1848 after siding with the free-soil "Barnburner" wing of the Democratic party against the newspaper's owner, Isaac Van Anden, who belonged to the conservative, or "Hunker", wing of the party.

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18. Walt Whitman contributed freelance fiction and poetry throughout the 1840s.

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19. Walt Whitman continued working for short periods of time for various newspapers; in 1842 he was editor of the Aurora and from 1846 to 1848 he was editor of the Brooklyn Eagle.

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20. Walt Whitman served as publisher, editor, pressman, and distributor and even provided home delivery.

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21. At age 16 in May 1835, Walt Whitman left the Star and Brooklyn.

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22. At age four, Walt Whitman moved with his family from West Hills to Brooklyn, living in a series of homes, in part due to bad investments.

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23. Walt Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.

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24. Walt Whitman was a visionary poet who boldly addressed 19th century America.

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