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This outstanding site should be the first stop on the Web for Whitman scholars. Written by Whitman scholars Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, the site offers an extensive online archive of Whitman criticism, correspondence, poems, and primary documents. Check it out.
Whitman's place of birth in West Hills, New York is now a museum. The museum's website has some interesting photographs and biographical information about the poet, as well as literary activities sponsored by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association.
The Academy of American Poets site is always a great resource for students. Whitman's page has a concise biography. It also has links to the text of his poems, critical essays, and other fun info about the poet. We especially like the walking tour guide of Whitman's New York.
In 1884, Whitman purchased a home on Mickle Street in Camden, New Jersey, where he lived for the rest of his life. The house still stands, and it is now a New Jersey state historical site. The museum's website offers some interesting insight into the poet's life in the Garden State.
This site was established in 2005 to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Leaves of Grass. At the time it was a place for Whitman-philes to coordinate their commemoration efforts. Now, it is sort of an Internet meeting spot for Whitman news, projects, and other info. Its creator is working on animating Whitman's poems.
This website accompanied a 2005 exhibit on Walt Whitman at the Library of Congress. The pages move through different stages of Whitman's life, with primary documents illustrating his different careers. Though it would be cooler to see Whitman's pen in person, the image of it here is still interesting.