In honor of the “I Sing the Body Electric: Walt Whitman and the Body” exhibit (drawn from our extensive Whitman collection) on display until October 28th in the Biddle Rare Book Room, I have been writing several blog posts about Walt Whitman and his life. This last one will focus on how Whitman continues to appear in popular culture. You can find mentions of him in movies, television, fiction, and music. See this article for more examples.
Here are several fun examples of advertisements:
And here’s the poem “O Me! O Life!”
And here’s the poem “Pioneers! O Pioneers!”
I really love this recent project called “Whitman, Alabama“:
You can also find books about Whitman’s influence on culture:
A Companion to Walt Whitman (part two “The Cultural Context” has a chapter called “Twentieth-century Mass Media Appearances”
Hip, the History (as the summary of the book says, “Hip: The History draws the connections between Walt Whitman and Richard Hell, or Raymond Chandler and Snoop Dogg.”)