Film, Video Walt Whitman, Rural New Yorker

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  • Walt Whitman, Rural New Yorker


  • Kluge fellow Karen Karbiener delivers a lecture entitled "Walt Whitman, Rural New Yorker." A boy from rural Long Island moves to Brooklyn and, without money or mentorship, conceives, writes, and self-publishes America's declaration of cultural independence. This story remains one of the great mysteries of American literary scholarship. How did Walter Whitman - grammar school dropout and second son of a farmer-turned-carpenter - become Walt Whitman? This lecture will focus on the most obscure yet most seminal period of Whitman's life: his childhood and youth on his beloved "Paumanok," where he claims to have been born as a poet.

Event Date

  • June 24, 2010


  • -  Karen Karbiener is a Whitman scholar who teaches at New York University. She has curated public exhibits on Whitman and organized Whitman-related events in New York.

Running Time

  • 1 hours 17 minutes 30 seconds

Online Format

  • video
  • image

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