Richard Henry Stoddard's early years were rather Dickensian.
This book collects the correspondence between Whitman and many of his male friends and lovers, some of whom were connected with the Pfaff's scene in one way or another.
Shively doesn't mention the group by name, but he goes into great detail about Whitman's relationship with one of the group's members: Fred Vaughan.
Shively's text explores Walt Whitman's identity as a homosexual man and his numerous friendships and/or sexual relationships with boys and young men.
The Vault at Pfaff's
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