I sing the body digital.

Author:Beasley, Sandra

Works in Progress - Representing Walt Whitman's works - Brief article


"Do I contradict myself?" Walt Whitman famously asked in Song of Myself "Very well, then.... I contradict myself; / I am large.... I contain multitudes." Since 1995, scholars at the Walt Whitman Archive have sought to digitize those multitudes, creating a complete and searchable collection of Whitman's published works (www.whitmanarchive.org). The archive already includes six American editions of Leaves of Grass, as well as the "deathbed" printing, along with manuscript drafts, journal reviews, and photographs of the poet.

Project co-director Kenneth Price, a professor of American literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, reports that there are plans to expand the archive and acquire early translations of Whitman's work in Spanish, Russian, and Ukrainian; critical examinations; and biographies, such as Horace Traubel's nine-volume...

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