Poet Walt Whitman's Life in Washington, D.C. in Walking Tour
Walt Whitman's Washington Walks, Meet outside Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station’s 9th Street/Galleries exit Southeast corner of 9th and G Stree Washington, District Of Columbia 20004
Walt Whitman is among the most influential American poets of all time, a pioneer of free verse and fluent in unusual imagery and symbolism. He spent 10 years in Washington, D.C., first as a hospital volunteer to wounded soldiers, then as a federal government clerk. Take a fascinating tour of Whitman-related sites in downtown, led by Garrett Peck, author of Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America's Great Poet. You'll see the Smithsonian Art Museum, Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office and Ford's Theatre, where Whitman's partner, Peter Doyle, witnessed the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Concluding at the majestic U.S. Treasury Building, Peck will be glad to sign his new book for you, all about the poet's remarkable life in our nation's capital.
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