ATG Quirkies: Health Tips from Walt Whitman

According to BBC Newsa trove of journalism by the great US poet Walt Whitman is being published online after lying in obscurity more than 150 years.

“The 13-part series, Manly Health and Training, was written under a pseudonym for a New York newspaper in 1858.  It contains a multitude of tips on topics such as diet, sex, and hygiene.  The 47,000-word series, which survived only in a few libraries, was discovered in a digitised newspaper database by a graduate student last year.  It is now being published by the online journal The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.”  According to some US commentators, Walt’s “health advice sounds surprisingly modern” as does his recommendations to wear sensible shoes and avoid a 9-5 desk job.

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)


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