WALT WHITMAN 1819-1892
Whitman was born in New York in 1819, he had a little formal education, and he always read widely (he was a self-taught). During the Civil War, he didn’t fight, but he visited wounded soldiers in the hospitals; he died in 1892. His masterpiece is “Leaves of grass” (In 1855 there was the first editions, but nine edition followed, each containing new poems!) that can be regarded as a life-long poem because we can see a process of development and expansion.