Walt Whitman, 1854
|Born||May 31, 1819
West Hills, New York, United States
|Died||March 26, 1892
Camden, New Jersey, United States
His most famous collection of poems is Leaves of Grass, which was first published in 1855 with his own money. The work was an attempt at reaching out to the common person. Whitman kept adding to this book right up until he died of pneumonia, in 1892. It was controversial because readers thought it was obscene. It included some sexuality.