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Unformatted text preview: Whitman, Walt Whitman, Walt (Walter Whitman), 181992, American poet, b. West Hills, N.Y. Considered by many to be the greatest of all American poets, Walt Whitman celebrated the freedom and dignity of the individual and sang the praises of democracy and the brotherhood of man. His Leaves of Grass, unconventional in both content and technique, is probably the most influential volume of poems in the history of American literature. Early Life Whitman left school in 1830, worked as a printer's devil and later as a compositor. In 183839 he taught school on Long Island and edited the Long Islander newspaper. By 1841 he had become a full-time journalist, editing successively several papers and writing prose and verse for New York and Brooklyn journals. His active interest in politics during this period led to the editorship of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, a Democratic party paper; he lost this job, however, because of his vehement advocacy of abolition and the free-soil movement. After a brief trip to New Orleans in 1848, Whitman returned to Brooklyn, the free-soil movement....
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