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By David Haven Blake

What is the connection among poetry and fame?   What occurs to a reader's adventure whilst a poem invokes its author's popularity?  Is there a significant connection among poetry and advertisements, among the rhetoric of lyric and the rhetoric of hype?  one of many first full-scale remedies of star in nineteenth-century the USA, this ebook examines Walt Whitman's lifelong curiosity in status and publicity.  
Making use of notebooks, images, and archival sources, David Haven Blake provides a groundbreaking background of the increase of big name tradition within the United States.  He sees Leaves of Grass alongside the delivery of industrial ads and the nation's growing to be obsession with the lives of the recognized and the renowned.  As authors, academics, politicians, entertainers, and priests vied for reputation, Whitman constructed a kind of poetry that mostly promoted and, certainly, celebrated itself.  Walt Whitman and the tradition of yankee Celebrity proposes a essentially new frame of mind a couple of seminal American poet and an enormous nationwide icon.

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