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UH Grad Student Unearths Previously Unknown Walt Whitman Novel

Zach Turpin discusses what “Life and Adventures of Jack Engle” tells us about Whitman.


Zach Turpin unearthed previously unknown works by Walt Whitman.

Perhaps you remember last May (2016) on our show, we talked with Zachary Turpin, who'd just discovered a previously unknown 13-part, 47,000-word essay by Walt Whitman called Manly Health and Training. Well, he did it again.

Now, the University of Houston doctoral candidate has discovered a previously unknown novel by Whitman. It's called Life and Adventures of Jack Engle and was originally published as a six-part work of serial fiction in 1852.

Michael Hagerty talked with Turpin to find out more about his latest discovery.

In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to ‘Leaves of Grass' (New York Times, Feb. 20, 2017)
Life and Adventures of Jack Engle (Full Novel, University of Iowa)

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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