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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Literary Mystery

One hundred sixty-five years ago, a novel titled, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, was published anonymously, and soon forgotten. Last summer the novel was discovered and found to be the work of Walt Whitman, a man better known for his poetry than his fiction. On Monday, The New York Times reported on the discovery, and the re-publication, of the book. It seems that this mystery novele provides a clue to the real-life mystery of who Walt Whitman really was.

Life and Adventures of Jack Engle is found on the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review website; click here.

You can read more about Walt Whitman the man in Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography by David S. Reynolds or in any of the other Whitman biographies in our collection. We also have a PBS "American Experience" episode, Walt Whitman, [DVD B WHI].

Whitman's Complete Poetry and Collected Prose is found in 811.3 WHI.

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