Biography for Leaves of Grass : The Complete 1855 and 1891-92 Editions

Blackwell Publishing
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Penguin Putnam

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was born on Long Island and educated in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a printer's devil, journeyman compositor, itinerant schoolteacher, editor, and unofficial nurse to Northern and Southern soldiers.