Contemporary Reviews

The reviews collected here include all of the items found in Walt Whitman: The Contemporary Reviews, ed. Kenneth M. Price (Cambridge University Press, 1996). In addition, we have included more than 68 other reviews that were not included in that volume because of space considerations or because they had not been discovered.

Selected Criticism

This section of the Archive offers a sampling of copyrighted criticism, reprinted here with permission, and some out-of-copyright commentary (we are starting with George Santayana's "Walt Whitman: A Dialogue" and will add other texts as time allows). In addition, we have recently added full-length book studies by several scholars.


Includes articles, books, chapters of books, and poems about Whitman, published from 1838 to the present.


Material by and about the circle of devotees who gathered around Whitman in the latter part of his life.

Interviews and Reminiscences

Written accounts of meetings with Whitman, most of them printed in newspapers, magazines, or books.


Published Works | In Whitman's Hand | Life & Letters | Commentary | Resources | Pictures & Sound

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