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Jane Mallison, Walt Whitman at 200

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required

This seminar looks at Whitman (born in May 1819) as poet, American, man. This first category is, of course, the most important, and we'll immerse ourselves in his poetry, especially Leaves of Grass.

But it's also interesting to view Whitman in context, so we'll look at his Manhattan addresses and the color of his undershirt. Along the way we'll learn the identity of the president whom Whitman describes as "eating dirt and excrement for meals and liking it" and the reason Whitman was "almost sorry" he wrote 'O Captain, My Captain.'

Jane Mallison is the former head of the English Department at New York's prestigious Trinity School.

This seminar takes place over four Wednesdays:
October 2
October 30
November 20
December 18

all at 11:00 AM in the Whitridge Room.

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