Whitman on Wellness: Poetry and Prose for a Healthy Life (Hardcover)
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Long before today's modern use of the term wellness, Walt Whitman, widely considered to be one of America's greatest poets, extolled the virtues of self-care and the mind-body connection. In a series of thirteen newspaper installments, written in 1858 for The New York Atlas under the pseudonym Mose Velsor -- unearthed more than 150 years later by a University of Houston graduate student -- Whitman adopted the role of advice columnist. Velsor dispensed tips on "manly" health issues, including alcohol use, depression, diet, exercise, physical beauty, sex, socialization, and a host of other subjects. This volume juxtaposes excerpts of Whitman's well-known verse with his lesser-known prose, offering unique and fascinating insights into one of America's most beloved poets.