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Walt Whitman


  • EBSCO - This is the place to start for general research. This group of databases includes: Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, Computers & Applied Sciences Complete, CINAHL, PsycARTCLES, ERIC, and more. Articles may be full-text, abstracts, or citations.
  • Gale: Literature Resource Center - Focus on literary biography and criticism. Includes comprehensive information from the well known print sources; Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography. Also includes selected text from other Gale publications, such as Contemporary Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Literature Criticism, Short Story Criticism and much more. Added features include an encyclopedia of literature, a literary timeline, and a research guide.


There are several books on reserve about Walt Whitman and his work. They are located at the circulation desk on the top floor. In addition, the following journals are available.

  • Walt Whitman Review 1969-1973, 1975.
  • Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 1988-2005. Founded in 1983 as a successor to the Walt Whitman Review, which succeeded the Walt Whitman Newsletter. There are essays about Whitman, his influence, his cultural contexts, his life, and his work. Search the index to find specific articles on "Song of Myself." If we do not have the issue for the article you need, we can obtain a copy of the article through interlibrary loan.


  • American Transcendentalism Web - This is a web study text of "Song of Myself" prepared by Virginia Commonwealth University. Click on highlighted words and phrases within the text to see an interpretation of the poem.
  • Perspectives in American Literature - Click on "Song of Myself" to find the section that analyzes the poem. The author is a professor at California State University.
  • Whitman's Manuscript Drafts - Ed Folsom of the University of Iowa brings together all surviving manuscript drafts of the poem, "Song of Myself." You will see images of original documents that show the writer's work in progress.
  • Walt Whitman Archive - Includes biography, criticism, images, audio and a bibliography of resources. Brown Library does not have most of the items listed in the bibliography, but we can obtain them for you on interlibrary loan.
  • Walt Whitman & Slavery in "Song of Myself" - This site invites users to consider Whitman's treatment of race and slavery in "Song of Myself" and focuses in particular on two fugitive slave passages. There are several texts so that you can compare Whitman's imaginative account of a runaway slave to contemporary accounts by other authors, including several African American fugitives themselves. Critical positions samples the broad ranging and intense debate over Whitman's depiction of African Americans.

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