Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Auto-Biography; A Story of New York at the Present Time in which the Reader Will Find Some Familiar Characters (Iowa Whitman Series) (Hardcover)

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By Walt Whitman, Zachary Turpin (Introduction by)
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Description


In 1852, young Walt Whitman—a down-on-his-luck housebuilder in Brooklyn—was hard at work writing two books. One would become one of the most famous volumes of poetry in American history, a free-verse revelation beloved the world over, Leaves of Grass. The other, a novel, would be published under a pseudonym and serialized in a newspaper. A short, rollicking story of orphanhood, avarice, and adventure in New York City, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle appeared to little fanfare.
 
Then it disappeared.
 
No one laid eyes on it until 2016, when literary scholar Zachary Turpin, University of Houston, followed a paper trail deep into the Library of Congress, where the sole surviving copy of Jack Engle has lain waiting for generations. Now, after more than 160 years, the University of Iowa Press is honored to reprint this lost work, restoring a missing piece of American literature by one of the world’s greatest authors, written as he verged on immortality.
 

About the Author


Zachary Turpin is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Houston. With interests in nineteenth-century periodical culture and digital humanities, he has uncovered lost works by a number of American authors, including Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Emma Lazarus, Rebecca Harding Davis, Ambrose Bierce, and L. Frank Baum. He lives with his family in Houston, Texas.

Praise For…


"The 36,000-word Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, which was discovered last summer by a graduate student, is. . . . A quasi-Dickensian tale of an orphan’s adventures, it features a villainous lawyer, virtuous Quakers, glad-handing politicians, a sultry Spanish dancer and more than a few unlikely plot twists and jarring narrative shifts."
— Jennifer Schuessler
Product Details
ISBN: 9781609385125
ISBN-10: 1609385128
Publisher: University Of Iowa Press
Publication Date: February 17th, 2017
Pages: 180
Language: English
Series: Iowa Whitman Series