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Old 26th November 2019, 06:55 AM   #24
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Here's Whitman's anonymous review of his own work, Leaves of Grass, after it was attacked by almost everybody. Then he got that review (for real) by Emerson.

posted by Walt about Walt:
Self-reliant, with haughty eyes, assuming to himself all the attributes of his country, steps Walt Whitman into literature, talking like a man unaware that there was ever hitherto such a production as a book, or such a being as a writer. Every move of him has the free play of the muscle of one who never knew what it was to feel that he stood in the presence of a superior. Every word that falls from his mouth shows silent disdain and defiance of the old theories and forms. Every phrase announces new laws; not once do his lips unclose except in conformity with them.
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