Link: In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to ‘Leaves of Grass’

In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to ‘Leaves of Grass’

Nothing is ever lost:

The 36,000-word “Life and Adventures of Jack Engle,” which was discovered last summer by a graduate student, is being republished online on Monday by The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and in book form by the University of Iowa Press. A quasi-Dickensian tale of an orphan’s adventures, it features a villainous lawyer, virtuous Quakers, glad-handing politicians, a sultry Spanish dancer and more than a few unlikely plot twists and jarring narrative shifts.

A digital sleuth has discovered an anonymously published 1852 serial novel by the poet, which survived in only a single copy of an obscure newspaper.

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