Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

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Walt Whitman

a black and white photograph of Walt Whitman as an elderly man. He sits in a chair with legs crossed.

Poet Walt Whitman spent his later years in Camden, New Jersey. Though his pioneering free verse poetry was not always accepted by Philadelphia’s traditionalist literary clubs in his early years, in the latter half of the nineteenth century he was a guest of some of the city’s more progressive clubs. (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress

Poet Walt Whitman spent his later years in Camden, New Jersey. Though his pioneering free verse poetry was not always accepted by Philadelphia’s traditionalist literary clubs in his early years, in the latter half of the nineteenth century he was a guest of some of the city’s more progressive clubs.

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