Many literary scholars consider Walt Whitman this country’s most influential poet. The works collected in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass pay homage to the freedom and dignity of the individual while celebrating democracy and the brotherhood of man. Peter Doyle was a 21-year-old conductor on a horse-drawn streetcar when he and Whitman, who was 45 at the time, became lovers.
Whitman and Doyle were in an outlaw marriage from 1865 until 1892, when Whitman died.
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