scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 404
Walt Whitman was born on May 31 1819 in West Hills New York His mother Louisa Van Velsor was descended from a long line of New York Dutch farmers his father Walt Whitman was a Long Island farmer and carpenterIn 1823 the family moved to Brooklyn in search of work One of nine children in an undistinguished family Whitman received little in the way of formal education At the age of 17 Whitman began teaching at various Long Island schools and continued to teach until he went to New York City to be a printer for the New World and a reporter for the Democratic Review in 1841 For much of the next years he made his livelihood through journalism Besides reporting and freelance writing he also edited several Brooklyn newspapers including the Daily Eagle the Freeman and the Times In 1848 Whitman met and was hired by a representative of the New Orleans Crescent Although the job lasted only a few months the journey by train stagecoach and steamboat helped to broaden his view of AmericaWhitman received little money with the first edition of Leaves of Grass but he did receive some attention including a letter from Ralph Waldo Emerson The second edition in 1860 with the Calamus poems and the third edition of Leaves created controversy for readers but the Civil War turned all eyes on the battlefieldsWhitman traveled to Virginia to search for his brother George and found him -- wounded He stayed to help tend wounded soldiers in Washington DC and wrote some of his famous war poetry printed partially as Drum Taps and When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomd He witnessed Lincolns second inauguration and mourned the presidents assassination in AprilIn the years after the war Whitmans reputation increased both in England and in the US In January of 1873 he suffered a paralytic stroke Several months later in May his mother died Unable to work he returned to
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA