Features: Walt Whitman and the Arts in Brooklyn


Early Years in Brooklyn
1. Henry Christman, ed., Walt Whitman's New York from Manhattan to Montauk (Lanham, MD: New Amsterdam Books, 1963), 19-20. Back to text.

2. Ibid., 121-23. Back to text.

3. "Legislative Acts Relating to the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences and its Predecessors or Constituents, namely Brooklyn Apprentices' Library Association, the Brooklyn Institute and Brooklyn Academy of Music," from Laws of New York, 344, An act to incorporate the Brooklyn Apprentices' Library Association passed November 20, 1824. Copy in the Brooklyn Museum Archives. Back to text.

4. Minutes of the Brooklyn Apprentices' Library Association, 1:84. Brooklyn Museum Archives. Back to text.

5. Further indications that he could have served as acting librarian are found in: Walt Whitman, Specimen Days (Boston: David R. Godine, 1971), 8.

My father all these years pursuing his trade as carpenter and builder. . . I develop'd (1833-4-5) into a healthy, strong youth (grew too fast, though, was nearly as big a man at 15 or 16.). . . . At 16, 17, and so on, was fond of debating societies, and had an active membership with them, off and on, in Brooklyn and one or two country towns on the island. A most omnivorous novel-reader, these and later years, devour'd everything I could get. Back to text.

Whitman and American Art
6. Walt Whitman, "About Pictures, &c," Brooklyn Daily Eagle, November 21, 1846. Back to text.

7. Walt Whitman, "Brooklyn Institute—Exhibition of Paintings—Lectures—Concerts," Brooklyn Daily Eagle, November 6, 1847. Back to text.

8. Walt Whitman, "Local Intelligence: &c," Brooklyn Daily Eagle, November 18, 1847. Back to text.

9. Walt Whitman, "That Indian Gallery," Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 22, 1846. Back to text.

10. Emory Holloway, ed., The Uncollected Poetry and Prose of Walt Whitman (Gloucester, MA.: Peter Smith, 1972). 1: 241, 243. Back to text.

11. Ibid., 1: 236-7. Originally published as "Something About Art and Brooklyn Artists," New York Evening Post, February 1, 1851. Back to text.

12. Ibid, 1: 238. Back to text.

13. Walt Whitman, I Sit and Look Out: Editorials from the Brooklyn Daily Times, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1932), 129. Back to text.

Interest in Ancient Egypt

14. Walt Whitman, New York Dissected: A Sheaf of Recently Discovered Newspaper Articles by the Author of Leaves of Grass, (New York: Rufus Rockwell Wilson, 1936), 28. Back to text.

15. Ibid., 38. Back to text.

16. Ibid., 38. Back to text.

17. Ibid., 39. Back to text.

18. Ibid., 36. Back to text.

19. Ibid., 37. Back to text.

Art and Industry

20. Walt Whitman, I Sit and Look Out: Editorials from the Brooklyn Daily Times, (New York: Columbia University Press), 134, 136. Back to text.

21. Walt Whitman, Pictures: An Unpublished Poem of Walt Whitman, (New York: June House; London: Faber and Guyer, 1927), 13, 27-28. Back to text.