Gay Wilson Allen obituary

 

 

New York Times, August 8, 1995

 

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Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. He hosts separate websites devoted to the authors Theodore Dreiser and Pitirim A. Sorokin and to classical music as well as family history/genealogy.
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2 Responses to Gay Wilson Allen obituary

  1. You’re welcome. Gay Wilson Allen’s biography of Whitman, “The Solitary Singer,” was the first one to speak of. It came out in the 1950’s and was revised once. Allen was an excellent scholar and critic whose judgments were sound. He unearthed much hitherto unknown information about Whitman, and all subsequent biographers are indebted to him. And by the way, your prof is right: “A Reader’s Guide to Walt Whitman” is excellent as well as Allen’s “Walt Whitman Handbook” and “The New Walt Whitman Handbook.”

  2. rklowrie says:

    Interesting that you posted this today; my American Poetry prof was just lecturing about Whitman this week and referred to Gay Wilson Allen as “the best biographer of American Literature”and assigned us “A Reader’s Guide to Walt Whitman”for homework.

    Thanks for posting!

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