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“I look in vain for the poet whom I describe.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
The young William Cullen Bryant
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Edgar Allan Poe
James Russell Lowell
Henry David Thoreau
Hermann Melville
Oliver Wendell Holmes
John Greenleaf Whittier
“Walt Whitman, an American, one of the
roughs, a kosmos…”
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Walt Whitman: A Context for the 1855 Frontispiece

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Formal portraits of 19th-century Dead White Males serve as a contrast to the image Walt Whitman cultivated in his portrait for the first edition of Leaves of Grass.

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Walt Whitman: A Context for the 1855 Frontispiece

  1. 1. “I look in vain for the poet whom I describe.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. 2. The young William Cullen Bryant
  3. 3. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. 4. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  5. 5. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. 6. Edgar Allan Poe
  7. 7. James Russell Lowell
  8. 8. Henry David Thoreau
  9. 9. Hermann Melville
  10. 10. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  11. 11. John Greenleaf Whittier
  12. 12. “Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a kosmos…”

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