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.
William Dean Howells, who met Walt Whitman briefly at Pfaff's, wrote a number of reviews of Whitman's work between 1860 and 1909. These reviews not only display a sophisticated understanding of the many aspects of the poet's career--from his self promotion to his desire to create a uniquely national poetics--but they also give insight into Howells' own sense of what an emerging modernist aesthetic practice should be.
The Vault at Pfaff's
27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015