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Walter Whitman (May 31, 1819 - March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. Proclaimed the "greatest of all American poets" by many foreign observers a mere four years after his death, he is viewed as the first urban poet. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and Realism, incorporating both views in his works. His works have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Whitman is among the most influential and controversial poets in the American canon. His work has been described as a "rude shock" and "the most audacious and debatable contribution yet made to American literature."

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In 1849.
Walt Whitman
Ralph Waldo Emerson's Letter to Whitman, 1855.
Whitman Earliest Notebook.
Walt Whitman and Bill Duckett, 1886.
1887, New York
Letter and corrected reprint of Walt Whitman's O Captain, My Captain with comments by author, 9 February 1888.
Probably 1854. Daguerreotype. Photographer unknown: probably Gabriel Harrison
Walt Whitman
Whitman Earliest Notebook.
Walt Whitman and Bill Duckett, 1886.
1887, New York
Probably 1854. Daguerreotype. Photographer unknown: probably Gabriel Harrison

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