Whitman 200: Book Discussion of Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham

Mon Jun 3, 12pm
Presented by: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
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Discuss Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham, and portraits of Walt Whitman, with staff of the National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library. In each section of Michael Cunningham’s bold novel, we encounter the same group of characters: a young boy, an older man, and a young woman. Presiding over each episode of this interrelated whole is the prophetic figure of the poet Walt Whitman, who promised his future readers, “It avails not, neither time or place . . . I am with you, and know how it is.” Specimen Days is a genre-bending, haunting, and transformative ode to life in our greatest city and a meditation on the direction and meaning of America’s destiny.



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