This catalog accompanied the exhibit, Walt Whitman: A Centenary Exhibition. When Walt Whitman published his first edition of Leaves of Grass, he believed he was embarking on a personal literary journey of national significance. Setting out to define the American experience, Whitman consciously hoped to answer Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1843 essay, The Poet, which called for a truly original national poet, one who would sing of the new country in a new voice. Displayed are many Whitman-authored items including multiple editions of Leaves of Grass, including the first, , Memoranda During the War, as well as items authored by others such as Irving, Cooper, Melville, Emerson and Thoreau.
University of South Carolina, "University of South Carolina Libraries - Walt Whitman - A Centenary Exhibition, March 1992". http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/rbsc_pubs/44/