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Walt Whitman chronology offers insight about legendary poet's public, private life

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some 106 years after Walt Whitman's death, various scholars and Whitman enthusiasts have tried to piece together the life and times of the legendary American poet. The recently published "A Whitman Chronology" chronicles and clarifies the writer's public and private life.

Written by Joann Krieg, the 232-page chronology published by the University of Iowa Press offers a year-by-year and, where possible, day-by-day account of his private and public life.

The records of Whitman's long life are buried in seven volumes of his abundant correspondence, nine volumes of his notebooks and manuscripts, nine volumes of his conversations with Whitman friend and writer Horace Traubel, and an assortment of Whitman's other writings. From those collections, Krieg has crafted the often-reclusive writer's long life and has sorted through conflicting interpretations about him while citing the differences.

Krieg allows the readers and researchers to discover when Whitman's poems appeared in newspapers and magazines, where he lived and for how long -- information that has been impossible to find in one place until now.

Krieg, associate professor of English at Hofstra University, is the author of "Epidemics in the Modern World," and editor of "Walt Whitman, Here and Now."

"A Whitman Chronology," is available in bookstores for $29.95 cloth, $14.95 paper or directly from the UI Press at (773) 568-1550.