On 125 years since Walt Whitman’s death

Interview with author and academic Lindsay Tuggle on the 125th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s death.
Originally published March 2017, northerly
At sunset on March 26, 1892, Walt Whitman died peacefully at his home in Camden, New Jersey at the age of seventy-two, as a result of complications stemming from pneumonia. That day in early spring brought to an end one of America’s great literary lives, albeit one with its fair share of inconsistencies, controversies and even some troubling views – all characteristics of a poet whose most famous line arguably remains the ubiquitous ‘I am large, I contain multitudes’ from ‘Song of Myself’, part of his visionary collection, Leaves of Grass.

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