Walt Whitman


Links of Interest



Taken around 1862


The Walt Whitman Archive: an excellent resource for students and others. Contains detailed sections on Whitman’s published works, his unpublished manuscripts, biography and correspondence, criticism, in addition to an extensive image gallery and a short recording which is thought to be Whitman himself, reading four lines from the poem “America”.


Poet at Work: Walt Whitman Notebooks 1850s -1860s, a link from the Library of Congress American Memory site. offers access in a photographic gallery to the four Walt Whitman Notebooksand a cardboard butterfly that disappeared from the Library of Congress in 1942. They were returned on February 24, 1995.


University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center: an electronic research and teaching tool that sets out to make Whitman's vast work, for the first time, easily and conveniently accessible to scholars, students, and general readers.


PBS American Experience link: offers a PBS documentary on Whitman’s life and work, as well as printed sections onf Whitman’s New York, a chronology of his life, and a teacher’s guide, among others.


Walt Whitman and the Development of Leaves of Grass: provides a detailed, book-by-book commentary on the growth of Whitman’s masterpiece, based on an exhibition at the Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, March-April 1992.


Walt Whitman: Online Resources at the Library of Congress: contains many valuable links to sites on various aspects on Whitman’s life and work, including a catalog of prints and photographs online.

Audio Recordings of Whitman’s Poetry


Librivox recordings of Leaves of Grass


Six Lyrical Poems from Leaves of Grass, recorded by Walter Rufus Eagles


A recording of Billy Collins reading “I Hear America Singing”