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Walt Whitman and the Culture of American Celebrity$
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David Blake

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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Personality

Personality

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(p.59) Chapter Two Personality
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Walt Whitman and the Culture of American Celebrity
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David Haven Blake

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300110173.003.0003

This chapter examines Walt Whitman's concept of personality. It suggests that antebellum celebrity may seem to be the logical outgrowth of Ralph Waldo Emerson's representative men and explains that Emerson and Whitman had similar ideas about what constituted the representative in the U.S. It also considers Tom Paine's view of the literary celebrity and discusses Whitman's focus on personality rather than characters in his works.

Keywords:   Walt Whitman, personality, Ralph Waldo Emerson, representative men, U.S., Tom Paine, celebrity

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