Born on Long Island and raised in Brooklyn, Walt Whitman spent his childhood and early adulthood amid the sights and sounds of New York City and its environs.
This influential survey of critical and biographical approaches to Whitman makes a brief mention of Whitman's time at Pfaff's with respect to Frederik Schyberg's 1933 biography, _Walt Whitman_.
The author refers to scholarship by Schyberg and Binns about the Pfaff's period that speculates on a failed romance for Whitman during this time. Allen quotes from Binns a notebook entry by Whitman wherein the poet speaks of dedicating himself to a new stage of life that would give him "a purged, cleansed, spiritualized, invigorated body."
The Vault at Pfaff's
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