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By John Franklin Bardin

The 1947 cult vintage from acclaimed crime author John Franklin Bardin, now on hand for the 1st time in booklet edition.

Philip Banter is a bit too keen on drink, and his marriage isn't what it may be. He's additionally afflicted by way of a penchant for forgetting. That doesn't suggest he's wasting his mind.

Then Philip reveals a manuscript entitled "Confession" in his place of work. He reads a few shock banquet his spouse held, of the dialog that happened, and —to his horror—of his personal infidelity. however the "confession" seems to be a prophecy, exact in virtually each detail.

Is he the sufferer of a conspiracy to force him mad, or did he kind the manuscript himself? because the "confession" grows lengthier and extra damaging, can he locate the determination to withstand its terrifying inevitability?

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From this height, he offers a catalogue of images running from the farm to the frontier, occasionally dipping down and taking a role himself: “I am a free companion, I bivouac by invading watchfires, / I turn the bridegroom out of bed and stay with the bride myself” (224). He becomes the “hounded slave,” the “mash’d fireman with breast-bone broken,” an “old artillerist” (225–6). He floats as readily through time as through space, reporting on the Goliad massacre in Section 34 and the “old-time sea-fight” of John Paul Jones in Sections 35–7.

As a poetry of nature, Leaves of Grass served as a watershed for the main streams of Romantic and Transcendentalist writing and thought. But Whitman’s book also embodied the struggles of a nation confronted with ethnic and class conflict, modernization, total war, urbanization, industrialization, and finally globalization. This chapter deals with the poems composed for the first three editions of Leaves of Grass – 1855, 1856, and 1860. Whitman began the decade of the fifties with a burst of hopeful energy.

Just as “every atom of my blood” 1855: “Song of Myself” 29 is “form’d from this soil,” so is “your” blood formed; and just as the speaker was “born here of parents born here from parents the same,” so has the reader been born of a particular lineage in some native place (188). The shared grounding of birth in the homeland, and more generally in the earth, is extended to include the sharing of atoms in the air in Section 2, which begins with the poet growing intoxicated on the “distillation” of rooms “full of perfumes” and ends with the poet’s injunction that the reader should “filter” all things from the self, to distill it down to its basic substance (188–90).

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