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Authors

Arthur Geffen

Peer Reviewed

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Abstract

Exposes as pure conjecture statements from journalists to the effect that Whitman celebrated the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, and demonstrates that Whitman's response was, surprisingly, silence, arguing that the reason for Whitman's lack of enthusiasm was his awareness that the bridge "endangered a world in which he had made deep personal investments," not the least of which was the enduring experience of crossing Brooklyn ferry in his poem, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry."

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Copyright © 1984 The University of Iowa

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