Kenneth M. Price (essay date 1990)
SOURCE: "Sexual Equality and Marital Ideology: Whitman and the Novel," in Whitman and Tradition: The Poet in His Century, Yale University Press, 1990, pp. 96-121.
[In the following essay, Price examines how prominent sexual themes in Whitman's poetry—such as non-procreative sexuality and female sexuality—influenced later writers of narrative fiction such as Kate Chopin and Hamlin Garland.]
On March 1, 1882, Leaves of Grass was officially classified as obscene literature. Ironically, just when Whitman...
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