Walt Whitman's ""Leaves of Grass"" and 19th-century Women Reformers (Hardback)Sherry Ceniza (author)
Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 28/02/1998
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Walt Whitman and 19th-Century Women Reformers documents Whitman's friendships with women during the 1850s, the decade of Whitman's most creative period. The book reveals startling connections between the first three editions of Leaves of Grass and the texts generated by the women he knew during this period, many of whom were radical activists in the women's rights movement. Ceniza documents the progression of the National Women's Rights movement through the lives and writings of three of its leaders - Abby Hills Price, Paulina Wright Davis, and Ernestine L. Rose. By juxtaposing the texts written by these women with Leaves, Ceniza shows that Whitman used many of the same arguments and rhetorical gestures as his female activist friends.
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 667 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
"Ceniza's study provides the fullest account yet of Whitman's relation to the American feminists of midcentury. . . . Ceniza's book deals with . . . questions from a feminist position that clearly admires Whitman profoundly. She has made excellent use of archival material, uncovering a wealth of private or little-known comments on Whitman's work by leading American feminists of the mid-nineteenth century. Ultimately a study in social history, Ceniza's work will enable a significant reappraisal of Whitman and 'the woman question.'"
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