Autobiographical narrative by Whitman, published in 1882. It incorporates Memoranda During the War (1875).
The first part contains the author's reminiscences of his early life and the fascinating panorama of New York. This is followed by journal jottings and memoranda of the Civil War, both on the front and in Washington hospitals. The last part of the book deals with his observations of nature and his own sensations, and incorporates travel sketches of his excursions to the West, Canada, and Boston, with literary criticism of the authors he met and others who interested him, such as Carlyle.