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PBS Documentary on Walt Whitman Airs Monday, April 14

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    PBS American Experience will present Patrick Long s new biographical documentary on Walt Whitman, on Monday evening, April 14, at 9 pm (DC time; outside DC
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      PBS' American Experience will present Patrick Long's new
      biographical documentary on Walt Whitman, on Monday evening, April
      14, at 9 pm (DC time; outside DC should check local listings). The
      documentary features commentary by leading Whitman scholars,
      including Ed Folsom, Ken Price, Betsy Erkkila and David Reynolds, as
      well as author and poet Allan Gurganus.

      Here is a full description from PBS' website:

      American Experience
      Episode: Walt Whitman


      On a hot summer day in 1855, a 36-year-old writer emerged from an
      undistinguished printer's shop in Brooklyn, New York, carrying a
      slim volume of his work. To family, friends and neighbors, Walter
      Whitman Jr. may have been just a too-old bachelor who lived in his
      parents' attic, but as he walked the city streets that day, he knew
      something of himself they could not imagine. With his book of a
      dozen poems, Leaves of Grass, he was about to introduce America to a
      savior. Ominous events were on the horizon and Walt Whitman offered
      up his poetry and his persona as a reflection of the America he saw;
      it was daring, noble, naive, brutish, sexual, frightening and
      flawed. He hoped his work could heal a fracturing country. In his
      own time, his poetry was as contested as the idea of America itself.
      This program tells Whitman's life story, from his working-class
      childhood in Long Island to his years as a newspaper reporter in
      Brooklyn, when he struggled to support his impoverished family, then
      to his reckless pursuit of the attention and affection he craved for
      his work, to his death in 1892 at the age of 72.
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