Tuesday, March 06, 2012

News at Eleven (Back Page): Although "Leaves of Grass" gradually

gained acceptance, the publication of each subsequent edition was accompanied by further struggles. The third edition was long delayed: When the publisher declared bankruptcy, the printing plates of some poems were actually auctioned off. Whitman lost profits that could have helped finance his further writing. In his lifelong struggle to get his work to readers, Whitman was forced to take on the role of a businessman--sometimes none too successfully.

from Bloomberg: Shiller: Walt Whitman, The First Artist of Finance


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