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Schmidgall, Gary 1945-

Overview
Works: 15 works in 78 publications in 2 languages and 8,275 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Musical settings 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3231, B
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Most widely held works by Gary Schmidgall
Intimate with Walt selections from Whitman's conversations with Horace Traubel, 1888-1892 by Horace Traubel ( )
9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In March 1888 Horace Traubel, Whitman's loyal and hardworking assistant, began to record his almost daily conversations with the most famous resident of Camden. The result: more than 1,900,000 words that were eventually published between 1906 and 1996 in nine volumes. Titled With Walt Whitman in Camden, these volumes contain much that is mundane and repetitive, but they also include many passages crucial for a full and humane understanding of America's first great national poet
Literature as opera by Gary Schmidgall ( Book )
10 editions published between 1977 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 1,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Conserving Walt Whitman's fame selections from Horace Traubel's Conservator, 1890-1919 by Gary Schmidgall ( )
6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"It is now difficult to imagine that, in the years before Whitman's death in 1892, there was real doubt in the minds of Whitman and his literary circle whether Leaves of Grass would achieve lasting fame. Much of the critical commentary in the first decade after his burial in Camden was as negative as that in Boston's Christian Register, which spoke of Whitman as someone who "succeeded in writing a mass of trash without form, rhythm, or vitality."" "That the balance finally tipped toward admiration, culminating in Whitman's acceptance into the literary canon, was due substantially to the unflagging labor of Horace Traubel, famous for his nine volumes of Whitman conversations but less well known for his provocative monthly journal of socialist politics and avant-garde culture, the Conservator." "Conserving Walt Whitman's Fame offers a generous selection from the enormous trove of Whitman-related materials that Traubel included in the 352 issues of the Conservator. Among the revelatory, perceptive, and often entertaining items presented here are the most illuminating of the Conservator's more than 150 topical essays on Whitman and memoirs by many of his friends and literary cohorts that shed new light on the poet, his work, and his critical reception. Also important is the richer understanding these pages afford of Horace Traubel's own sophisticated, deeply humane, and feisty views of America."--BOOK JACKET
Walt Whitman : a gay life by Gary Schmidgall ( Book )
8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Walt Whitman was a man of stunning contradictions. The publication of "Song of Myself" transformed him from an obscure poet into the voice of a nation. But Leaves of Grass, published in 1855, shocked the literary world with its avant-garde style and unabashed portrayal of the self. Committed to the full expression of his physical and intellectual lives, Whitman, ironically, spent much of his life masking his true sexuality behind an ambiguous cloak of respectability. Walt Whitman: A Gay Life is the first biography to illuminate the vital connection between Whitman's life as a homosexual and his legacy as a landmark literary artist. Here is the story of his encounter with the young Oscar Wilde, one of the most intriguing meetings of minds in literary history. Here, too, are the unadorned details about Whitman's relationship with Peter Doyle, his longtime companion, as well as the explicit poems Whitman suppressed from later editions of his published work
The stranger Wilde : interpreting Oscar by Gary Schmidgall ( Book )
11 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Stranger Wilde sidesteps standard chronological biography to provide a brilliant portait drawn from Wilde's own writings and the observations of his contemporaries and later critics, set against the backdrop of Victorian convention, which was to undo him in the end. Here is Wilde in all his many guises: as flamboyant Oxford undergraduate, as aesthete in America, as son and brother, as husband and father, as lover and seducer of young men. Here is the celebrated author of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray and the outrageous figure who went deliberately, defiantly to ruin and imprisonment. Even confirmed Wilde connoisseurs will find this book full of surprises. And for those who know him only as a writer of scathing wit and scandalous appeal, this dazzling biography will introduce a complex, paradoxical artist of genius, whose legend pales beside the provocative and fascinating truth
Walt Whitman : selected poems, 1855-1892 : a new edition by Walt Whitman ( Book )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this provocative edition, Whitman biographer Gary Schmidgall presents more than 200 of Whitman's finest poems, written during the creative and sexual prime of his life. Line drawings. 7 photos
Shakespeare and the courtly aesthetic by Gary Schmidgall ( Book )
8 editions published between 1974 and 1991 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shakespeare & opera by Gary Schmidgall ( Book )
9 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Giuseppe Verdi, La traviata ( Book )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shakespeare and the poet's life by Gary Schmidgall ( Book )
4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Two plays by Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains an introduction by Gary Schmidgall and two interviews with the playwright
Walt Whitman : selected poems 1855-1892 by Walt Whitman ( Book )
2 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A fully unexpurgated collection that restores the sexual vitality and subversive flair suppressed by Whitman himself in later editions of Leaves of Grass. A century after his death, Whitman is still celebrated as America's greatest poet. In this startling new edition of his work, Whitman biographer Gary Schmidgall presents over 200 poems in their original pristine form, in the chronological order in which they were written, with Whitman's original punctuation. Included in this volume are facsimiles of Whitman's original manuscripts, contemporary - and generally blistering - reviews of Whitman's poetry (not surprisingly Henry James hated it), and early pre-Leaves of Grass poems that return us to the physical Whitman, rejoicing - sometimes graphically - in homoerotic love. Unlike the many other available editions, all drawn from the final authorized or "deathbed" Leaves of Grass, this collection focuses on the exuberant poems Whitman wrote during the creative and sexual prime of his life, roughly between l853 and l860. These poems are faithfully presented as Whitman first gave them to the world - fearless, explicit and uncompromised - before he transformed himself into America's respectable, mainstream Good Gray Poet through 30 years of revision, self-censorship and suppression. Whitman admitted that his later poetry lacked the "ecstasy of statement" of his early verse. Revealing that ecstasy for the first time, this edition makes possible a major reappraisal of our nation first great poet
Selected poems : 1855-1892 by Walt Whitman ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi ( Book )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shakespeare and the countly aesthetic by Gary Schmidgall ( Book )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Schmidgall, Gary R. 1945-
Languages
English (74)
Latin (1)
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