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RQ-50338-08Research Programs: Scholarly Editions and TranslationsUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnWalt Whitman's Civil War Writings7/1/2008 - 6/30/2011$300,000.00Kenneth Price   University of Nebraska, LincolnLincolnNE68503-2427USA2008American LiteratureScholarly Editions and TranslationsResearch Programs30000003000000

A comprehensive electronic edition of Walt Whitman's Civil War writings. (36 months)

The Walt Whitman Archive will create a comprehensive edition of the Civil War writings of Walt Whitman, probably the most important literary interpreter of this conflict. Support from the National Endowment for the Humanities will allow us to complete this work by 2011, in time for the observance of the sesquicentennial of the outbreak of the War. The War profoundly shaped Leaves of Grass, the first masterpiece of American poetry, and Whitman extensively depicted and analyzed the Civil War in journals, notebooks, letters, essays, journalism, memoirs, and manuscript drafts. We will electronically edit, arrange, and publish -- often for the first time -- the hundreds of documents that give voice to Whitman's experience of the war. In addition to making these documents freely available, our work will help to model for other scholars best practices in creating, publishing, and sustaining electronic editions.