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The great American poet Walt Whitman celebrates his 200th birthday in 2019. Whitman is known across the world as an innovator in free verse poetry, as a powerful voice in support of democracy, and as a representative of outsiders from a variety of backgrounds. As a queer, working-class poet, Whitman has inspired readers and writers alike not only to celebrate their unique experiences, but also to listen more closely to the experiences of others. The Lehigh University Libraries will celebrate Whitman's accomplishments and his ongoing legacy through an exhibit of rare books and other related materials. Special Collections is grateful to Professor of English Edward Whitley, for sharing his expertise and serving as guest curator of this exhibit.

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