Library of Congress Electronic Resources Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass (exhibition) Online exhibit traces the different occupations and preparations that led Whitman to become the author of Leaves of Grass, as well as his subsequent evolution as a poet. Originally installed in 2005 as a special display within the Library of Congress American Treasures Exhibition. When Lilacs Last In the Dooryard...
Rights and Access
The Library of Congress provides access to manuscripts at the Library of Congress for educational and research purposes and makes no warranty with regard to their use for other purposes.
A chronology of the key events in the life and career of poet Walt Whitman, 1819-1892.
Camden and the Last Years, 1875-1892
A timeline from Walt Whitman’s residency in Camden, New Jersey, to his death and memorial, including his lecturing on Abraham Lincoln, publication of an edition of Leaves of Grass in 1881 and a “death-bed” edition in 1891-92, censorship battles, and his final decade writing poetry, sharing reminiscences, and associating with family and friends.
Civil War and Washington, D.C., 1861-1874
A timeline from Walt Whitman’s publication of articles on the history of Brooklyn and New York to his December 1862 move to Washington, D.C., where he worked for the federal government and volunteered at Civil War hospitals, through his postwar publications, employment, and health crisis culminating in official termination from his job in the Justice Department in July 1874.
Leaves of Grass, 1855-1861
A timeline from Walt Whitman’s publication of the first edition of his masterpiece Leaves of Grass in July 1855 through two subsequent editions and his first sighting of Abraham Lincoln as the president-elect passed through New York on his way to his March 1861 inauguration in Washington, shortly before the start of the American Civil War.
New York, 1819-1854
A timeline from Walt Whitman’s birth through his early careers as a Long Island school teacher and newspaper printer and editor in New York, 1819-1854.