Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Part of a broad revolution in the arts in Europe and the United States, Whitman used the cadences of everyday language to capture the tragedies and the commonplaces of experience in a new type of prose poetry. While residing in Camden, Whitman was supported by the Furness family and circle. Emerson in a letter to Furness about “Leaves of Grass” commented “I find incomparable things said incomparably well, as they must be.” © George E. Thomas