Ambassador Book Award WINNER 1996
Bancroft Prize WINNER
National Book Critics Circle Awards NOMINEE
"Remarkably informative…I marked on page after page things about Whitman and his America I never knew before."
–Alfred Kazin, The New York Times Book Review
"Exhaustive…fascinating…an evocative portrait."
—Washington Post Book World
"Reynolds stands alone in showing, almost day by day, the finest roots of Whitman’s genius…His scholarship lights Whitman from within."