Uncle Walt Wrote a Novel!

Who knew the multitudinous poet had it in him?

Apparently a grad student named Turpin did.

And apparently everyone does…now.

As noted in the New York Times, Whitman once wrote in 1882, “My serious wish were to have all those crude and boyish pieces quietly dropp’d in oblivion.” Later, when he heard someone was interested in publishing his past fiction, he said, “I should almost be tempted to shoot him if I had an opportunity.”

Clearly, Whitman hadn’t expected Turpin…


  1. With names like Wigglesworth and Smytthe, it sounds downright Wodehousian! Who was also a New Yorker, or as least a Long Islander.

    “Gay Men with Beards and Spats” has a nice ring to it!

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