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An English and an American Poet

Whitman, Walt. "An English and an American Poet." American Phrenological Journal. 01 Oct. 1855: 90-91.

In this anonymous review of Leaves of Grass and Tennyson's Maud and other Poems,Whitman writes with a sense of literary nationalism that was not uncommon in this period, "What play of Shakspeare, represented in America, is not an insult to America, to the marrow in its bones?" Given that several of the Pfaffians were involved in productions of Shakespeare, as well as dramatizations of works by other British writers such as Charles Dickens, how would Whitman's cultural nationalism have gone over in conversations on the American theater at Pfaff's?

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