susan belasco university of nebraskaLincoln or much of the past two years, i have been leading a double life, working on two archival projects--one electronic and one print. i've been splitting my time and my attention between two of the most well-known writers of u.S. literature: Walt Whitman, the self-proclaimed "poet of the woman the same as the man," and Harriet beecher Stowe, the "little woman" whose novel undoubtedly was a cause of the Civil War. on the one hand, my project Whitman's Poems in Periodicals is part of The Walt Whitman Archive, a vast electronic collection of manuscripts, editions of Leaves of Grass, entire works of criticism, all the known photographs, biographical commentaries by contemporaries, a searchable bibliography of criticism, translations, and now, my scholarly edition of the 160 known poems that Whitman published in forty-five different magazines, journals, and newspapers during his lifetime. As editor, i collected the periodicals themselves and worked with my assistant editor, Elizabeth Lorang, and the Whitman Archive staff to prepare images of the poems in the periodicals in which they originally appeared. i also did the traditional editorial work involved in a print edition: preparing historical information and providing transcriptions of
Legacy – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Sep 23, 2009
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