Books: American Vision

WALT WHITMAN — Henry Seidel Canby—Houghfon Mifflm ($3.75).

By the time of the Battle of the Wilderness (1864), Walt Whitman had been working in the hospitals of Washington for more than a year, a familiar figure by this time, tall, red-faced, hairy as a buffalo, moving gently and capably through the 50 one-story sheds that, because of disease, intrigue, and what went on inside them, were more dangerous to the wounded than any battlefield on earth.

He watched the bearers bring in a boy who groaned as they carried him to the hospital gates and...

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