It was the two-hundred year anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth this past May, and The Morgan Library & Museum and The New York Public Library are celebrating with separate exhibitions regarding one of America’s most beloved poets.
The New York Public Library’s exhibition titled: Walt Whitman: America’s Poet, examines many of the individuals, beliefs, and experiences that shaped Whitman’s work while also noting his literary legacy and continuing cultural impact. The exhibition will be up from March 29, 2019 – August 30, 2019.
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The Morgan Library & Museum’s exhibition, Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy, includes several of Whitman’s notebooks, as well as his portraitist’s copy of Leaves of Grass from 1855 and the famous letter written to Whitman by Ralph Waldo Emerson commending that book. There will also be a series of lectures and gallery talks that you can find here.
Whitman, born in 1819, spent most of his life as a journalist and wrote numerous articles during the civil war while visiting the wounded at New York City–area hospitals. His magnum-opus, Leaves of Grass, was published in 1855, and although it was seen as highly controversial, the collection of poems went on to become one of the most important pieces of literature in American history due to its sincere self-expression and revolutionary free-verse style.
If you find yourself in NYC these coming months, come honor this poet’s legacy at these exhibitions and sing your body electric!
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