Let’s talk Uncle Walt!
Harold Bloom, for better or for worse one of the most famous American literary critics of modern times, wrote as the introduction for the 150th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass:
If you are American, then Walt Whitman is your imaginative father and mother, even if, like myself, you have never composed a line of verse. You can nominate a fair number of literary works as candidates for the secular Scripture of the United States. They might include Melville’s Moby-Dick, Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Emerson’s two Series of Essays and The Conduct of Life. None of those, not even Emerson’s, are as central as the first edition of Leaves of Grass.
John Green fan?
- Check out this fun Prezi made by a student about Whitman in John Green’s Paper Towns.
- And this interesting blog post from Guys Lit Wire.
- Or just search tumblr for “Walt Whitman John Green.”