A delightful keepsake edition of the incomparable wisdom of America's greatest poet, distilled from his fascinating late-in-life conversations with Horace Traubel.
Brenda Wineapple is the author of Ecstatic Nation- Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise 1848-1877, a New York Times Notable Book, and White Heat- The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. For Library of America, she has edited John Greenleaf Whittier- Selected Poems, volume 10 in the American Poets Project. Wineapple has received a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and, most recently, a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars Award for her forthcoming book on the impeachment of Andrew Johnson.
A treasure of Walt unvarnished, reflective and still firing on all cylinders into his 70s. From single sentences to long paragraphs, it is endlessly quotable and perfect for dipping into and savouring. --The Guardian
Brenda Wineapple's pithy volume, in its bare-bones efficiency, allows us to appreciate ... the best of Whitman's off-the-cuff remarks. --Christoph Irmscher, The Wall Street Journal This little book samples his rambling chats with friend Traubel in the last years of Whitman's life. It's uplifting, invigorating, full of American talk. And a great read any season. --Philadelphia Inquirer