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Talks and Living History Presentations for Your Community

An Evening with Walt Whitman

Image of Walt WhitmanThe audience is a visitor in Walt Whitman’s room as he prepares for his seventieth birthday celebration and questions his success as a man and a poet. He traces the experiences that led to the creation of “Leaves Of Grass,” his lifetime work.

The first part of the performance explores Whitman’s preoccupation with the self and his resolve to write with “free and brave thought.” In the second part of the performance, Whitman’s life is changed forever by the Civil War. Through Whitman’s poetry and letters, actor Stephen Collins helps us experience the poet’s growth into a mature artist who is at peace about “himself, God and death.”

Available in Correctional Facilities.

Special Arrangements: Chair

About the presenter

Image of Stephen Collins Stephen Collins - Stephen Collins received a BA in Literature from UMass Boston. Recently he has been teaching seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost, and Contemporary Poetry at various locations, in addition to performing.

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