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Great American Poet’s Undiscovered Work

Sarah Dugas

Zachary Turpin, a fourth-year English literature Ph.D. candidate, discovered a 13-part, 47,000 word series entitled: “Manly Health and Training,” that was unknowingly written by Walt Whitman. Under the moniker Mose Velsor, Whitman wrote the series, which ran in the New York Atlas paper circa 1858. The series was dedicated to diverse topics such as war, eugenics, climate, manly comradeship and additional matters exploring the realm of male health. It was written during a time when Whitman experienced hardship and adversity, a time when he may have never imagined becoming one of the greatest American poets, said Turpin.

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