By Joann P. Krieg
All Whitman students have encountered the disappointment of attempting to tune down an occasion in Whitman's life—the final time he observed Peter Doyle, whilst he moved to his own residence on Mickle highway in Camden, while he met Oscar Wilde. The files of those occasions in Whitman's lengthy existence are buried in seven volumes of his considerable correspondence, in 9 volumes of his conversations with Horace Traubel, in 9 volumes of his notebooks and manuscripts, and in numerous writings produced by way of his acquaintances and admirers. to meet a long-felt want for order between this embarrassment of riches, Joann Krieg has crafted this distinctive chronology of Whitman's lifestyles. A Whitman Chronology clarifies the proof of Whitman's lifestyles through delivering a year-by-year and, the place attainable, daily account of his deepest and public existence. the place conflicting interpretations exist, Krieg acknowledges them and cites the diversities; she additionally directs readers to fuller descriptions of noteworthy occasions. She deals short synopses of Whitman's fiction and of his significant prose works, giving distinguishing information regarding all the six variants of Leaves of Grass. by means of intertwining the occasions of his lifestyles and work—but with out bulky layers of speculation—she finds the shut alliance among Whitman's own involvements and his literary achievements.
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10 NOVEMBER. Alcott and Thoreau return,bringing Sarah Tyndale, Philadelphia abolitionist and women’s rights advocate; all three visit with Walt. 19 NOVEMBER. Thoreau writes to his friend Harrison Blake that Whitman is “apparently the greatest democrat the world has seen,”adding, “I am still somewhat in a quandary about him,-feel that he is essentially strange to me, at any rate” (Thoreau, 142). They are “strange” to each other;both men are very strong-minded,and though Whitman admires the New Englander, he finds him disdainful of the working class(WWC, I :212).
SUMMER. Jeff marries Martha Emma Mitchell (Mattie) and brings her to live with his family in a house onPortland Avenue when the Whitmans move there in May. SPRING. ’’ Twelve poemswritten in1859 (probably in spring or early summer) are collectively titled “Live Oak with MOSS”and evolve into the “Calamus’’ poems of the 1860 Leaves. Evidently intended as a sonnet sequence,the poems recount a love affairwith a man that ends unhappily. AROUND THIS TIME. Whitman spends time atPfaff’s. Owned by Charles Pfaff, this bar and restaurant is the gathering place for most of the city’s bohemians.
JUNE. Walter joins a crowd on a Brooklyn street cheering President Andrew Jackson on a tour of northern cities MAY. (UPP, 1 :118). 18 JULY. Thomas Jefferson Whitman is born. Walter is working in New York. MAY. Walter leaves the Star to become a compositor in Manhattan. g AUGUST. Edward Whitman is born; he has physical and mental disabilities. SUMMER. Walter completeshis printing apprenticeship and becomes a journeyman printer. In August a fire wipes out most of the establishments on Paternoster Row, the printing center ofNewYork, with a resulting lossof printing work.