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Walt Whitman and the Culture of American Celebrity
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Walt Whitman and the Culture of American Celebrity

David Blake

Abstract

What is the relationship between poetry and fame? What happens to a reader's experience when a poem invokes its author's popularity? Is there a meaningful connection between poetry and advertising, between the rhetoric of lyric and the rhetoric of hype? One of the first full-scale treatments of celebrity in nineteenth-century America, this book examines Walt Whitman's lifelong interest in fame and publicity. Making use of notebooks, photographs, and archival sources, the book provides a history of the rise of celebrity culture in the United States. It sees Leaves of Grass alongside the birth o ... More

Keywords: poetry, fame, popularity, advertising, Walt Whitman, celebrity, Leaves of Grass, publicity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780300110173
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300110173.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Blake, author

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