“To have great poets, there must be great audiences.”—Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman knew the value of an intelligent and careful reader—a reader not unlike you, fellow blogger. So reward yourself for your devotion to the literary life with a healthy helping of “Tuesday Trivia.” This week’s theme is…you guessed it…Mr. “Leaves of Grass” himself. If you’re a fan of Mr. Whitman, you won’t want to miss Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays, edited and with an introduction by Susan Belasco, Ed Folsom, and Kenneth M. Price, a new volume from the University of Nebraska Press celebrating the recent 150th anniversary of Leaves of Grass. On to the trivia!
1. What year was Walt Whitman born?
2. How old was Walt Whitman when he died?
3. In what year was Leaves of Grass first published?
4. True or false?: Whitman served as editor of the Brooklyn Eagle for two years.
5. Which edition of Leaves of Grass included 120 new poems, including “Out of the Cradle and Endlessly Rocking?”
6. True or false?: Whitman was injured in the American Civil War
7. Which city and state served as Whitman’s last home before he died?
8. Whitman published his last edition of Leaves of Grass in 1892. This final version is known as what?
9. Which famed American essayist was one of Whitman’s earliest fans? Hint: Whitman printed his letter of praise in the second edition of Leaves of Grass.
10. True or false?: Whitman was fired from a government job with the Department of the Interior in 1865 after he was discovered to be the author of Leaves of Grass, which was first published anonymously.
Answers: 1-1819; 2-72; 3-1855; 4-True; 5-The third edition; 6-False (his brother was); 7-Camden, New Jersey; 8-“The Deathbed Edition”; 9-Ralph Waldo Emerson; 10-True
How many questions did you answer correctly?
0-2: “All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.”
3-5: “I exist as I am, that is enough.”
6-8: “If you done it, it ain’t bragging.”
9-10: Celebrate yourself! Sing yourself!