An episode from 3/17/21: This is the third in a series of readings from biographies of Walt Whitman. Tonight, I continue with Paul Zweig’s Walt Whitman: The Making of the Poet, which focuses on the years preceding the publication of Leaves of Grass.
Here, Zweig talks about the questions surrounding Whitman’s sexuality, and the apparent difference between his effusive and physically-open poetic personae, and the more reserved person he seems to have been in his private life. Zweig’s discussion of Whitman’s ability to derive meaning simply through longing for other men is one of the most moving things in any biography.
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