Poetry, VOLUME 7

Walt Whitman – Rare 1890 recording of him reading [Poetry]

Walt Whitman 1872

Tomorrow, May 31, is the birthday of Walt Whitman, born 1819…

I just encountered this recording of Walt Whitman’s poem “America” that is supposed to be read by Whitman himself in 1890.

This poem is found in the collection LEAVES OF GRASS…
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[ Read Walt Whitman’s poem “I Hear America Singing” ]

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One Comment

  1. The recording has sparked a lot of controversy over its authenticity: is it actually Whitman, or some later, unknown imposter? I trace the known history of the recording and speculate at my blog The Red Wheelbarrow: http://redhermwheelbarrow.blogspot.com/2011/03/voice-of-poet.html