According to BBC News “a 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.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.