Little is known about Nat Bloom outside of his affiliation with what was known as the "Fred Gray Association," a group of young men at Pfaff's whom Ed Folsom and Ken Price characterize as "a loose
His toast to the "Success to the Southern Arms" leads to a response from Whitman that prompts a violent arguement between the two men. Whitman ends his Pfaff's association during the Civil War after Arnold grabs his hair during this argument.
Whitman's March 19, 1863, letter to Bloom and Fred Gray is reprinted by Holloway. In this letter, Whitman discusses his whereabouts and asks after several Pfaffians.
Whitman asks after him in a letter to Nat Bloom and Fred Gray dated March 19, 1863.
Holloway described her as appealing to Whitman both personally and as a model of a new woman.
Holloway reprints Whitman's March 19, 1863, letter to Gray and Bloom.
Remebered Whitman for "jovian largeness and ease, his personal purit and friendliness."
Holloway notes that Howells used similar writing techniques as Whitman, such as including himself in his view and story of America, but Howells seems to have been more moderate in this approach.
Pfaff is the only person who still remains at Pfaff's when Whitman returns to the bar twenty years after his argument with Arnold.
Whitman asks for news of him and his address in his March 19, 1863, letter to Bloom and Gray.
Pfaff's was Whitman's evening spot. Holloway suggests that Whitman would go there to observe others after visiting events such as ball games or prayer meetings. Whitman would sometimes visit Pfaff's with the young doctors at Bellevue. Holloway claims that "The Vault at Pfaff's" was written in a moment of melancholy at the bar. Whitman's routine continued after his visit to Boston to promote/publish Leaves of Grass.
Whitman's last meeting at Pfaff's involved a political/patriotic debate with Arnold that involved Arnold grabbing him by the hair. Whitman did not return to Pfaff's for twenty years.
Holloway mentions that the New York correspondents that Whitman knew from Pfaff's helped to ease his loneliness in Washington during the war.
The Vault at Pfaff's
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