Home » Walt Whitmans Secret: A Novel by George Fetherling
Walt Whitmans Secret: A Novel George Fetherling

Walt Whitmans Secret: A Novel

George Fetherling

Published
ISBN : 9780679313823
Paperback
368 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

As compelling and revelatory as Colm Toibins The Master, Walt Whitmans Secret mines the life of the most influential poet in the American canon for insights about creativity, relations between the sexes and the dangers of excessive patriotism.InMoreAs compelling and revelatory as Colm Toibins The Master, Walt Whitmans Secret mines the life of the most influential poet in the American canon for insights about creativity, relations between the sexes and the dangers of excessive patriotism.In this wonderfully imagined novel, Walt Whitmans secret isnt his homosexuality but another one entirely. Its a political secret, one that the greatest American poet of the nineteenth century has pledged himself to keep until he is on his deathbed.Only in that way can Whitman protect the great love of his life - a Confederate deserter he met in Washington during the Civil War - from the calumnies and scandals that have muddied his own reputation ever since the first publication of Leaves of Grass. The person who finally hears his confession is Horace, his unpaid amanuensis and helper, a young man who will go on to fill nine fat volumes with a verbatim record of the great mans tabletalk and often deceptive reminiscences. Only after Whitman has gone does Horace realize that Whitman seems to be making him a bequest of not only the secret but of his own complex personality as well.From the Hardcover edition.