Whitman had his Emerson

Whitman had his Emerson.

Whitman sent a copy of the first edition of Leaves of Grass to Emerson, the man who had inspired its creation. In a letter to Whitman, Emerson said “I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed.” [1]

Emerson’s of the world, look around you, keep your eyes, ears, and minds, open.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass#cite_ref-Miller27_11-0

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2 thoughts on “Whitman had his Emerson

  1. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about Emerson, Whitman, and Thoreau. I was going to post something relating to them in the next few weeks. I didn’t even realize that Emerson and Whitman new each other, let alone inspired each other, or if I did, I had forgotten.

    • It’s amazing to me the connections between famous writers of the past. I have to wonder if we’d know of Whitman without the great vote of confidence from Thoreau. It’s always great when an established artist helps expose others.

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