Walt Whitman

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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman, 1887
Born May 31, 1819(1819-05-31)
West Hills, New York, United States
Died March 26, 1892(1892-03-26) (aged 72)
Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. He is often viewed as one of the most important American poets of the 19th century.[1] His most famous book of poetry is Leaves of Grass, which was first published in 1855. Whitman kept adding to this book right up until he died of pneumonia, in 1892. [2]

Whitman was either bisexual or homosexual.[3] This meant his poetry was very controversial when it was released, as homosexuals did not have equal rights in 19th Century America.[4]

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  1. Walt Whitman: The Poetry Foundation
  2. http://www.nndb.com/people/873/000031780/
  3. The first great American poet
  4. a brief history of homosexuality in America