NON-FICTION: Good Gray Poet

WALT—Elizabeth Corbett—Stokes ($2.50). When Walt Whitman was seven years old he saw a shipwreck. "It made me shake, but I like to shake that way." When Walt was eleven Aaron Burr recommended the Arabian Nights to him. When he was thirteen Samuel Clemens told him of a Quaker preacher he had exhumed to make a death mask. Whitman shook again. By the time he was twenty he had successively been a typographer, reporter, editor, carpenter, novelist, teacher. A few months on a job and he shuffled off...

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