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The New Walt Whitman Handbook

Allen, Gay Wilson. The New Walt Whitman Handbook. New York: New York University Press, 1975.
literary criticism

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_.

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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."