Leaves of Letters – Walt Whitman

Katy Masuga

in Henry Miller and How He Got That Way

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641185
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651986 | DOI:
Leaves of Letters – Walt Whitman

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This chapter provides an analysis of Miller's relationship with Walt Whitman, and examines this sense of a transcendent literary correspondence. It shows that Miller's concern is not only to ‘borrow’ or allude to Whitman, but also to become his writing correspondent. The chapter furthermore shows how Miller participates in the development of twentieth-century literary theory by attributing it to the reconceptualisation of what writing does and does not do.

Keywords: Walt Whitman; transcendent literary correspondence; writing correspondent; literary theory; reconceptualisation of writing

Chapter.  10087 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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